ART, Design, Your Garden & You!
It is the 9th year of The Garden Show in Spring at Firle Place – The perfect time to plot and plan for the year ahead: specialist growers guiding one to the right plant for your garden and the right place in the garden to plant. Plenty of garden related gifts, artisan work, Weald Crafts and home products, garden furniture, sundries and the most delicious country foods.
Firle Arts & Craft Market will again be held in the beautiful Old Georgian Riding School showcasing local art and design work. There is The Fabulous Flower Festival and ‘Herbal & Healthy’ refreshments in St Peters Church (rumour has it there will even be sheep and lambs in the Church!). Peter Owen-Jones, Firle’s parish priest, author and television presenter along with his team are planning a ‘Fantastical Pirate Treasure Hunt’ for younger visitors in the church yard (Sunday afternoon).
Plant Doctors, Steve & Val Bradley, will be back by popular request to help solve varied gardening problems to get your garden growing and whilst they are on their lunch break various exhibitors will be using their tent to chat about plants, planting, pest control and other aspects of gardening – a great opportunity for Questions & Answers.
Firle House will be open having had 4 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 few years – still very much a work in progress. The Herb Garden is a tranquil haven set in part of the 18th century walled gardens. Lady Gage, who has a long interest in the medical uses of herbs, began work on the design and structure of the garden just over three years and this vision is transforming the tumble down, weed strewn, paddock area of the walled garden into a series of perfectly proportioned beds, grass paths and greengage tree-lined central avenue. The garden is a work in progress but is proving of great aesthetic and horticultural interest with a number of garden products planned; ‘tisanes’ teas and medicinal bath soaks.
There are plenty of activities on site to keep all the family occupied: face painting, craft activities for all, the funfair, jester juggling, storytelling, puppet and magic shows. The Jazz Trio will wander the gardens delighting all with their evocative songs and music whilst Huxley Birds of Prey will thrill the crowds as they soar to the skies. The Mish Mash Morris Dancers will be around on the Saturday to thrill the crowds with their dramatic (and noisy!) dancing and Lewes Vox Community Choir will be in full voice on the Sunday in the Church. All this and so much more. (If you can’t make this show – the next one is at Stansted Park, Hants 10 - 12 June and after that we are at Loseley Park 22 – 24 July))