The Beeches Barcombe

Discover a very special garden in rural East Sussex

A magnificent historic walled kitchen garden, a beautifully planted pleasure garden and tranquil glades.

Over the past 18 years, Sandy Coppen has created a most imaginative garden within the grounds of her home, The Beeches, an 18th century country house in East Sussex. She has also restored its, 300 year old walled garden to its former glory - recently the subject of a major timelapse documentary on BBC4. 

 

For Autumn/ Winter 2018, Sandy has programmed an exciting series of horticultural, floristry and photographic day and half-day courses, each presented by a specialist expert. 

 

The garden surrounds a magnificent house, which dates mainly from the Queen Anne period; and the walled garden has been used continuously as a kitchen garden for growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and cut flowers. Its box hedge walk, large brick bordered beds and greenhouses have been preserved in their original form. Sandy is reinstating espaliers of blackberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants on north-facing walls, apples, cherries and hardier pear varieties on east-facing walls and tomatoes, peaches and plums on south-facing walls. 

The pleasure garden at The Beeches is a delight to behold. It has been entirely created by Sandy Coppen. The well-established herbaceous borders have imaginative planting schemes that are rich in colour, and there is also a very popular rose garden.

 

The garden opens for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) and will be opening for the third year running on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, from 2pm – 5.00pm. Many visitors spend several hours admiring different aspects of the garden and then relax while enjoying delicious homemade cakes and tea.

The courses, which are highly informative take place in a friendly, informal atmosphere, and a home cooked lunch is served to participants on the full day events.

 

Upcoming courses include:

  • Sat 8 September: Garden Photography

  • Thurs 13 September: Hand Tied Bouquets from an English Walled Garden

  • Thurs 20 September: Planting Schemes

  • Thurs 27 September: Wildflower Meadows

  • Thurs 4 October: A Year In Our Garden

  • Thurs 11 October: Propagation - semi-ripe cuttings

  • Thurs 25 October: Vegetable growing

  • Thurs 1 November: A Year In Our Garden

  • Thurs 15 November: Water Gardening

  • Thurs 22 November: Making the Most of Annuals

  • Thurs 29 November: Roses 

  • Tuesday 4 December: Christmas Wreaths 

  • Thurs 6 December: A Year In Our Garden

  • Tuesday 11 December: Christmas Wreaths

Sandy Coppen also opens the garden for special interest groups throughout the season. These occasions include a tailored guided tour and refreshments. Sandy also offers bed and breakfast in the house, which is recommended by Alastair Sawday. All bookings may be made by contacting 07771 655862 or sand@thebeechesbarcombe.com.

Upcoming course details:

  • Saturday 8 September: Garden photography

Professional photographer and filmmaker Tom Wichelow will provide you with the skills and knowledge to take beautiful photographs from your own garden. The Beeches, in all its summer glory, will provide the backdrop for a lovely day of creativity.

Full day:arrive 9.30am for 10.00am start, course continues until 4.00pm £150.00 per person. Cost includes all materials and two course lunch, with optional wine

 

  • Thursday 13 September: hand tied bouquets

Georgia Miles from The Sussex Flower School will teach this course, suitable for all levels including beginners. Using flowers selected and prepared by Georgia from The Beeches Walled Garden, participants will learn the techniques to create beautiful hand tied bouquets, which they will take home. Tips will be given on how best to care for them. 
Half day: 9.30am for 10.00am start, course continues until 1.30pm. £90.00 per person. Cost includes materials and refreshments

  • Thursday 20 September: Planting Scheme

This inspiring day course focuses on how to reduce a beautiful planting display. Learn about colour, form and texture and how to apply these principles to select to correct plants for your borders. You are guaranteed to return home with lots of ideas on how to improve your garden. 

Full day: 9.30am for 10.00am start, course continues until 4.00pm. £95.00 per person. Cost includes all materials and two course lunch, with optional wine

  • Thursday 27 September: Wildflower Meadows

Wildflower meadows are both visually stunning as well as being important cultural and environmental habitats. Have you got a spare bit of lawn or border that you could set aside for wildflowers? Come and learn about the different types of meadows and how to create one in your own garden.

Full day: 9.30am for 10.00am start, course continues until 4.00pm. £95.00 per person. Cost includes all materials and two course lunch, with optional wine

 

  • Tuesday 4 and Tuesday 11 December: Christmas Wreaths

Learn how to make a traditional moss based, wreath with Georgia Miles, and decorate it with seasonal accessories: fresh foliage, cinnamon sticks, dried fruits, pine cones and ribbons. Participants take home their festive creation.

Half day: 9.30am for 10.00am start, course continues until 1.30pm. £95.00 per person. Cost includes materials and refreshments

  

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