Monday, 3 September 2012

Sussex Prairies

We enjoyed a fabulous afternoon at Sussex Prairies yesterday. Not only is September a wonderful time to view this amazing 6 acre spectacle, but it was also their Unusual Plant and Art Fair. The range of plants on offer was staggering, and I couldn't resist filling a couple of boxes with some choice specimens. Just a few of the exhibitors were: Dutch nurseryman Coen Janssen,  Madrona, Edulis, Usual and Unusual Plants, Chris Ghyselen, persicaria breeder, from Belgium, Nymans, Rose Cottage Plants with their bulbs, The Plant Specialist, Daisy Roots, Dysons Nursery, Brighton Plants, Plantbase ,Kevin Hughes Plants, Colin Reader with his wildflower meadow seeds and Pineview Plants .

There was a jolly good turnout for an overcast day.

All these fabulous stalls were set within the beautiful garden at Sussex Prairies (see my previous post here).
The planting is just sublime, and just goes to prove how successful Prairie-style planting can be in this country. Let's face it, this fairly young garden has had to put up with two horrendous winters and the wettest summer on record, and still it looks fresh and vibrant, as you can see from the pictures below.

And the good news is, the Unusual Plant and Art Fair will return to Sussex Prairies on September 1st 2013.
I can't recommend it highly enough, so put it in your diary if you can get there! You can even say hello to the piggies!


  1. It's a lovely looking venue Martin, and a good selection of nurseries too!

  2. I think you'd really appreciate the planting, it's so gorgeous.

  3. I love prairie flowers. They aren't for every taste, but these well-maintained gardens really show them off.

  4. The photos don't really do them justice.