Discover secret garden hidden in South Downs

A sculpture at Firle
A sculpture at Firle

Historic Firle Place will again host the Garden Show in Spring from April 18-20 (10am-5pm daily).

It’s the perfect time and place to plot and plan for the year ahead.

Specialist growers will be guiding visitors to the right plant for their garden and the right place in the garden to plant.

Plenty of garden-related gifts will be on offer, together with artisan work, craft and home products, garden furniture, sundries and delicious country foods.

Firle Arts and Craft Market will again be held in the beautiful Old Georgian Riding School showcasing local art and design work. Plans are underway for the popular Easter Flower Festival in St Peter’s Church and daily talks by the vicar, the Rev Peter Owen Jones.

Plant doctors Steve and Val Bradley will be on hand to help solve varied gardening problems to help your garden grow.

Enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to visit the 20-acre Pleasure Grounds, a woodland garden dating back to the 18th century and explore ‘The Secret Gardens of Firle Place’ being restored by the Firle garden team.

Philip Fenech, Head Gardener, will be conducting two tours daily and explaining the techniques and skills needed to develop ‘The Pleasure Grounds’ in the spirit of the original ‘Cabinets de Verde’, hidden woodland glades, with different planting themes in each area in this special and beautiful garden in a lost valley of the South Downs.

Firle Place will be open again after three years of major renovations and the recently restored and fascinating Firle Place Herb Garden will give visitors a chance to see the rejuvenation and growth that has burgeoned over the past two years.

There are plenty of activities on site to keep all the family occupied, including Easter egg hunts, face painting, the funfair, jester juggling, storytelling, plus puppet and magic shows. The Wandering Jazz Trio will roam the gardens delighting all with their evocative songs and music while on Saturday and Sunday Huxley Birds of Prey will thrill the crowds.

Prices are adults £7, seniors £5, children £3 (four and under free), and families £18. There is advance booking only for groups of 20 or more (£4).

Visit or call 01243 538456.