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“a Plant and Art Fair to remember”

Sussex Prairies Garden
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Henfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: exciting prairie garden of approx 8 acres planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants of over 1000 different varieties.Expect layers of colour , texture and architectural splendour. Permanent sculpture collection and exhibited sculpture. Rare breed sheep and pigs, Cosy teashop and garden room artist in residence exhibition, small shop Woodchip pathways inside borders not accessible but plenty of flat garden for both wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Accessible WC. Dogs welcome on a short lead. Please see website for opening days and dates .
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Yesterday I went to this event at the Sussex Prairies garden and or though I've seen and worked in many gardens in the UK - this one took my breath away. Why is that? I think because it is sooo different and you can feel the vastness here and can loose yourself in your own dreams. As for the garden show itself: well organised, very good atmosphere, friendly welcome, all perfect. It is often the little things in life we will remember-here in this garden every exhibitor was greeted in the morning with free coffee and croissant-what a wonderful idea, one could get used to that !
Thank you Paul and Pauline for such a beautiful space you created.

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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

well surprise surprise we have this years Unusual Plant and Art fair coming up soon - 31st August 2014 over 75 exhibitors will be setting out their wares and fabulous plants for sale in the gardens again. headliners this year include among others Beth Chatto Nursery, Special Plants with Derry Watkins, Coen Jansen from Holland and Chris Ghyselen from Belgium... roses,carnivorous plants,shrubs ,herbaceous perennials you name it will be there. And the artists and sculptors are all carefully chose to bring you a wealth of talent and excitement in stunning artworks. All set in a big beautiful garden - what is not to like !

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Christopher Wrens's epitaph is well known* and it could well serve for the epitaph of the creators of this amazing modern garden set in the low weald, near Henfield, north of the Downs. This garden varies between being a vast abstract painting with huge blocks of colour to being some sort of kinetic sculptor with wind driven swaying rhythms. At times the garden is tactile as one walks through down the corridors between the beds. It is fabulous and profoundly unusual.
I have visited gardens in five continents and many countries and never seen one like this. Sussex has long been a fantastic county for garden afficionados and is even more so with the addition of the Prairies Garden. We salute its creators.
* 'Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.'

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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2014

I have spent a long time wondering how I could possibly respond to such a humbling and heartwarming review. All I can say is how happy we are to have evoked such a response in a visitor. We love our garden immensely and love looking after it and hope it gives pleasure to people when they come. It seems on this occasion all the hard work and passion and creativity has paid off ! Nature in the raw , beautiful plants and all that grows in the garden is a miracle to us and we are glad that somehow we have managed to tap into that energy to create something extraordinary ! Looking forward to welcoming you back again in another season to see how it can change .

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

What a lovely garden. The owners have really worked hard to create such a garden. The owners were very friendly. This made it a very enjoyable afternoon. We had afternoon tea with cake after the walk around the garden. It was lovely sitting there looking out to the garden. Afterwards we bought a plant . So many plants to choose from. Would go again .

Thank 283sue
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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

wow ! you obviously loved our garden and I feel very humbled by your praise . we are just two ordinary gardeners who wanted to make a beautiful space for people to enjoy and in your books it seems like we have done just that . we are thrilled you loved the garden so much and have been so inspired ! it is very moving to hear the emotion in your response. Thank you.

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

I loved this garden - such a refreshing change from gardens conventionally open to the public.

The planting is bold and imaginative, with great blocks of colour. Contemporary sculptures dotted all around.

Quaint and quirky artefacts.

A good range of unusual plants for sale.

The owners are to be congratulated on creating such a wonderful place.

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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2014

I feel like I am lost in colour and sheer exuberance of plants every time I go into my own garden too. It has to be said that this year that same feeling comes across even more strongly as the borders continue to mature wonderfully. And being ever bigger and bolder we love to get right inside our very different style of garden to the average. So glad you have enjoyed that difference !

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

I could not believe that this little gem was almost on our doorstep and we had not visited before! Absolutely stunning garden where you can get right up close to the planting by walking along the bark chip paths that go through the borders. A butterfly and bee heaven and so lovely to see so many of them. Almost around every corner is a seat, some raised up to give stunning views. Plenty of plants for sale so you can recreate your own prairie garden. Simply amazing! If you are an RHS member take your card along and you get in for free. I think thay also accept the Gardeners World 2 for 1 card.

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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

yes you are correct - RHS members get in for free throughout our whole open season - this year 2014 we are open until 12th october 2014 -all you need to do is bring your RHS card with you ! we also accept Gardeners World 2 for 1 , CPRE and Garden Organic cards ! so a world of opportunity for coming to see us ! and of course many opportunities then to keep coming back and seeing the garden change throughout its full season of interest . Thank you for your lovely review !

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