About Hamsey Gardening Club

Nestled within the South Downs National Park, just a few miles from Lewes, Hamsey House was built in 1849. The garden incorporates an orchard with a wildflower patch, a vegetable and cut flower garden, large herbaceous border, a parterre and many established trees and shrubs.

Amy Bell moved to Hamsey House in 2015, but the Bell family has lived here for 39 years. Taking on an established 8 acre garden was quite an undertaking and Amy had to quickly learn some gardening skills.

Part of Amy’s gardening education was to enroll in a course at The Beeches in Barcombe. It was here that she met Laurie McMillan, the teacher. At the end of the course Amy asked Laurie “why don’t you come and have a look at the herbaceous border and see what you think?” Laurie has been busy at Hamsey House ever since. It is through Laurie’s plant knowledge, creativity and hard work that the garden is continuing to evolve.

The Beeches is a fabulous Bed & Breakfast and part of the National Garden Scheme Open Gardens but when Sandy decided to end the gardening courses, it seemed a natural fit to move the venue just up the road to Hamsey and create the Hamsey Gardening Club. We are excited to share the garden with you.

Laurie is a Sussex based professional gardener with over 25 years of experience. During this time she also lectured at Plumpton College for nine years where she delivered a wide range of both practical and theoretical Horticulture courses.

Laurie has an extensive knowledge of the care of plants and the conditions in which they flourish. She has the ability to share her knowledge in a passionate and caring way, bringing together her love of plants with her joy of teaching to create a learning experience that is informative, supportive and fun.

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