Sussex Prairies, near Henfield in West Sussex, is a Mecca for all who love naturalistic planting. The owner/designers, Paul and Pauline McBride, have used all their design experience to create something truly unique for the South East. Having worked with Piet Oudolf in Luxembourg, the McBrides are dedicated to using large drifts of perrenials which require minimum attention. Seedheads are allowed to remain, which not only look beautiful in winter but also provide food for wildlife. The garden plays host to a wide array of sculptures; these enhance the garden and vice versa. There is also a bed and breakfast business on site. Regular events are scheduled, and I would recommend you check out the.Sussex Prairies website for more information.
Here are some of the sculptures scattered around the garden:
|'Globe Thistles' by Frances Doherty|
|'Flying Saucers' by Robin Johnson|
|'The Bishops Pom Poms' by Frances Doherty|
|'Cornflowers' by Frances Doherty|
Hopefully my photographs will persuade you to visit Sussex Prairies if you can. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays until October 16th, there will be a warm welcome, thousands of beautiful flowers, and, oh yes, some rather delicious cake! Pauline's Courgette Cake is a real winner, so get there while the courgette season is still going strong!