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Celebrating 25 years of our Garden Weekend

28th June 2018

We are celebrating our 25th annual Garden Weekend with the largest ever line-up of guest speakers on Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July. One of the highlights of this year’s event will be a talk with Lady Emma Barnard and Observer editor and author of Plot 29, Allan Jenkins on his critically acclaimed memoir.

Also on the line-up is award-winning landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith who will host a talk on his garden design for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which was made using only recycled materials and plants.

Visitors will also be able to hear modern day plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke talking about the creation of his World Garden as well as Ben Cross of Crosslands Flower Nursery on the importance of British Cut Flowers.

Other expert guest speakers include landscape architect and President of the London Parks, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Ben Pope from The Working Garden in West Sussex and plantswomen Marina Christopher and Derry Watkins.

Alongside our guest speakers, we will also be welcoming some of the leading head gardeners from across the South Coast for a special talk led by gardening author Ambra Edwards. Taking part will be our own Head Gardener Tom Brown, Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter, as well as Sarah Wain from West Dean Gardens and Troy Scott Smith from Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.

As well as the range of exciting talks and demonstrations, we will also showcase this year’s experimental planting trials featuring over 150 varieties of annual climbers. With live music, an array of stands showcasing specialist plants and gardening accessories as well as handpicked catering outlets serving delicious locally sourced food and drink there is plenty for garden enthusiasts to enjoy here at Parham throughout the weekend.

The event is open between 10.30am and 5.00pm daily. To find out more information and to book your tickets, click here.