Cultivating Extravagance in Southern England

Discover Sussex, a county of culture, architecture and horticulture

– Where the world seed-bank meets architectural Xanadu

We invite you to revel in the architectural and horticultural extravaganzas of Sussex.  The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, is undoubtedly the most exotic where the styles of India and China meet in a colourful collaboration, but a cornucopia of delights to feast both the eyes and appetite will be enjoyed at West Dean, Gravetye Manor and Parham House.

We will focus on the needs of global conservation at the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, and enjoy the Arts and crafts mantra of beauty and utility consummately expressed at Standen House.

We will enjoy Edwardian exuberance in the gardens at West Dean, whilst the interior is testament to Edward James’ patronage of the surrealists, a world of kaleidoscopic colours bursts on to the scene from the leaves and flowers of trees and shrubs at Sheffield Park.

Quiet confidence is exuded by the Elizabethan Parham Hall, whilst the symmetry of English baroque on the west façade at Petworth provides the perfect theatre for its Brownian landscape.


  • Delight in England’s most exotic regal folly, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
  • Wonder at the work of the Millennium Seed Bank, which stores seeds of every UK native plant and towards 25% of the world’s species. Closely associated with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, it is the finest in the world.
  • Visit restored Gravetye Manor, in the company of Head Gardener Tom Coward, and see the influence of American species on the English Garden.
  • Discover the fruits of the Arts and Crafts Movement in architecture, furniture and furnishings.

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Caroline Holmes, Garden Historian and Designer

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