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Gardening for Women, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1908 (London: Cassell & Co. Ltd.) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries   View Online

Dixter, Northiam. A Fifteenth Century Timber Manor House, by John E. Ray, published 1909 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 52, article, pp.132-155) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2137] & The Keep [LIB/500270] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Gravetye Manor or twenty years work round an old manor house: Being an abstract from the Tree and Garden Book of Gravetye Manor Sussex kept by the owner Williams Robinson, well-known gardening author, by William Robinson, published 1911 (xii + 155 pp., London: John Murray) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/500616] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Great Dixter, the residence of Mr Nathaniel Lloyd, by Country Life contributor(s), published 4 January 1913 in Country Life (article)

In a College Garden, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1916 (London: John Murray) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Gardens: Their Form and Design, by Viscountess Wolseley and illustrated by Mary G. Campion, published 1919 (London: Edwin Arnold)

The Rock Garden at Brockhurst, the residence of Mr F. J. Hanbury, by E. H. M. Cox, published 4 August 1923 in Country Life (vol. 54 no. 1387, article, pp.148-154)

Nuthatches in a Sussex Garden, by Mildred Perrin, published 1927 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. I no. 10, article, pp.426-428) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2303][Lib 8326] & The Keep [LIB/500137]

The Philosophy of Henry Banister: A Sussex Gardener, by Mabel Spencer Rudkin, published 1927 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. I no. 13, article, pp.554-556) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2303][Lib 8326] & The Keep [LIB/500137]

The Garden of Remembrance, by Lydia Lidstone, published 1928 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. II no. 10, article, pp.450-451) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9327] & The Keep [LIB/500138]

Historic Houses of Sussex - Great Dixter, Northiam, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1929 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. III no. 1, article, pp.6-12) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2307] & The Keep [LIB/500139]

The Beautiful Gardens of Sussex, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1929 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. III no. 5, article, pp.335-336) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2307] & The Keep [LIB/500139]

Sussex Gardens. 1 - Slaugham Place, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 5, article, pp.387-390) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500172]

Sussex Gardens. 2 - Homestall, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 6, article, pp.446-450) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500172]

Sussex Gardens. 3 - Wych Cross Place, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 8, article, pp.688-690) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500173]

Sussex Gardens. 4 - Highdown, Goring, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 9, article, pp.808-811) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500173]

Nymans in Sussex; Architect: Walter Tapper, by Walter Tapper, published 10 September 1932 in Country Life (article, pp.292-297; & pp.320-325)

In Preston Manor Garden, by Margery C. Roberts, published 1935 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IX no. 8, article, pp.514-516) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9330] & The Keep [LIB/500180]

'Shepherds Garden', Arundel Park, a Pre-Roman and Roman-British Settlement, by E. J. Frazer Hearne, published 1936 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 77, article, pp.223-244) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2162] & The Keep [LIB/500352] & S.A.S. library

Sussex: The Garden by the Sea, by Arthur Mee, published 1937 (xi + 447 pp., London: Hodder & Stoughton) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

The Swiss Gardens, Shoreham, by Arthur Wilde, C.C., published 1937 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. XI no. 9, article, pp.607-608) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2316][Lib 9332] & The Keep [LIB/500182]

The Forest Garden in Sussex, by Edward Shoosmith, published 1938 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. XII no. 2, article, pp.105-108) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2317] & The Keep [LIB/500183]

National Gardens Scheme: East and West Sussex, published 1951 (pamphlet, National Gardens Scheme) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 3598]
Lists the gardens and their owners.

Baldy's Garden, the Painters Lambert, and other Sussex Families, by W. H. Challen, published 1952 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 90, article, pp.103-153) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2175] & The Keep [LIB/500339] & S.A.S. library

Baldy's Garden, the painters Lambert and other Sussex families, by W. H. Challen, published May 1955 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. XIV nos. 5 & 6, note, p.100) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8232][Lib 2213] & The Keep [LIB/500216] & S.A.S. library

Humphrey Repton, by Dorothy Stroud, published 1962 (182 pp., Country Life Ltd) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

The History of the Kemp Town Gardens, Brighton, by Antony Dale, published 1964 (27 pp., published by the author) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502516] & East Sussex Libraries

English Gardens and Landscapes, 1700-1750, by Christopher Hussey, published 1967 (London: Country Life) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Nymans, by Anne Parsons, published 1970 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10465]

Fishbourne: A Roman Palace and Its Garden, by Barry Cunliffe, published 1 May 1971 (Thames and Hudson, ISBN-10: 050039007X & ISBN-13: 9780500390078) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15826] & West Sussex Libraries
The discovery in the early 1960s of the site of a Roman palace and its garden at Fishbourne, near Chichester, was by far the most important and exciting achievement of Romano-British archaeology for very many years. Lasting for a decade, the excavation was supervised by one of the most brilliant younger British archaeologists, and involved the efforts of over a thousand people. As work proceeded, it became clear that the site was indeed that of a palace, the great size, the many mosaic floors and the luxurious appointments all indicating this. Excavation showed that the palace possessed a military function and must have been connected with the Roman invasion of AD43 and its aftermath. The high-ranking occupant was probably Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus, a British client-king who had been granted Roman citizenship under Claudius. Quite as remarkable as the palace itself is the large formal garden around which it was built: no comparable Roman garden has been discovered west of Italy itself. Fishbourne is now open to the public and this invaluable book provides a complete history of the palace, from its military origins up to its final destruction by fire. The text is fully supported by photographs of all stages of the dig, of the mosaics and other finds, and with many plans.

A forgotten gardener: Henry Phillips, 1779-1840, by Alice M. Coats, published 1 September 1971 in Garden History Society Newsletter (No. 14, article, pp.2-4)
Born in Henfield, lived in Brighton.

Wakehurst Place: Yesterday, today and tomorrow, by F. Nigel Hepper, published 1 January 1975 (pamphlet, 48 pp., Royal Botanical Garden, Kew, ISBN-10: 0950414905 & ISBN-13: 9780950414904) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16578] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Sussex Castles, Gardens and Ancient Houses, by F. Holmes, published April 1976 (pamphlet, 32 pp., J. Pike, ISBN-10: 0859321665 & ISBN-13: 9780859321662) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14903] & East Sussex Libraries

A Great Woodland Garden, Leonardslee, Sussex, by Arthur Hellyer, published 1977 (article) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8878][Lib 13066]

The Gardens and Park, by Dorothy Stroud, published May 1977 in Apollo : the international magazine of art and antiques (vol. 105, no. 183, article, pp.334-339)

Gardens of Sussex, published 1978 (pamphlet, National Gardens Scheme) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7098]

Gardens of Sussex, published 1978 (pamphlet, National Gardens Scheme) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7098]

West Dean Gardens, West Dean College, by I. R. Hicks, published 1979 (pamphlet, 16 pp., West Dean: The Deward James Foundation) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7152] & East Sussex Libraries

Sussex Visits: Leonardslee and High Beeches, October 14 1978, published Spring 1979 in Garden History (vol. 7, no 1, article, pp.2-7)   View Online

Petworth House and the Formal Gardens, by Frederick G. Aldsworth, published 1980 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 118, shorter notice, pp.373-377) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7805] & The Keep [LIB/500305] & S.A.S. library

Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener 1752-1818, by George Carter, Patrick Goode and Kedrun Laurie, published 1982 (176 pp., Victoria & Albert Museum, ISBN-10: 0946009031 & ISBN-13: 9780946009039) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8525]
Humphry Repton was the last of the three outstanding designers who dominated the English Landscape movement from approximately 1720 to 1820, and thereby achieved the transformation of a vast acreage of uncultivated land into the parks and gardens which were to become some of our principal legacies from the Georgian period.

Historic Parks and Gardens, by Stella Palmer, published September 1982 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 23, article, p.7) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/23] & The Keep [LIB/500480]

Gardens for a late-Victorian house: Standen, East Grinstead, West Sussex; Architects (1892): Philip Webb, gardens designed by G B Simpson, by Arthur Hellyer, published 28 April 1983 in Country Life (vol. 173 no. 4471, article, pp.1100-1102) accessible at: R.I.B.A. Library

The Adventurous Gardener, by Christopher Lloyd, published 15 September 1983 (248 pp., London: Viking, ISBN-10: 0713915358 & ISBN-13: 9780713915358) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Glyndebourne: The Gardens, by Anne Scott-James, Christopher Lloyd and illustrated by Elizabeth Bury, published 14 October 1983 (64 pp., Wendover: Peterhouse Press, ISBN-10: 0946312001 & ISBN-13: 9780946312009) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

A Woodland Garden Preserved: The High Beeches, Handcross, Sussex, by Arthur Hellyer, published 1984 (article) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9037]

The Well-Chosen Garden, by Christopher Lloyd, published 22 March 1984 (176 pp., Elm Tree Books, ISBN-10: 0241111447 & ISBN-13: 9780241111444) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

The Well-Tempered Garden, by Christopher Lloyd, published 1985 (2nd revised edition, 480 pp., London: Viking, ISBN-10: 0670801097 & ISBN-13: 9780670801091) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Colours in a Gardener's Palette: Gardens of Parham, West Sussex, by Arthur Hellyer, published 1986 (article) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10104]

The Year at Great Dixter, by Christopher Lloyd, published 30 April 1987 (192 pp., London: Viking, ISBN-10: 0670809829 & ISBN-13: 9780670809820) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Provides a month-by-month description of the author's garden, a British landmark, discusses its design by Edwin Lutyens, and looks at featured species of flowers.

Clematis, by Christopher Lloyd, published 1989 (xi + 216 pp. - originall published in Country Life in 1965, London: Viking, ISBN-13: 9780670802333) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
Christopher Lloyd's clematis nursery at Great Dixter is justly famous. Here in a new edition of the book first published a decade ago he describes his experience.

The development of landscape parks and gardens in eastern Sussex c.1700-1820, by S. Farrant, published 1989 in Garden History (vol 17, no. 2, article, pp.166-180)   View Online

Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex: Carbonized plant macrofossils from garden features, by W. Carruthers, published 1991 in Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England Ancient Monuments Laboratory Report  (130(91), article, pp.293-325)

Swiss Gardens, Shoreham-by-Sea, by Roy Sharp, published 1992 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 22, article, pp.2-8, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506526]   Download PDF
Throughout the second half of the last century Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex was a mecca for many thousands of people. They came from all age groups, from all walks of life, from near and from far; and all Intent upon one thing - pleasure! Daily, visitors would arrive by train and tram, by boat and bus, aboard coach or carriage, on bicycles and on foot. It has been said that on occasions as many as five thousand "pleasure seekers" spent the day In Shoreham. At the time this was equivalent to twice the residential population of the town.
How was is that this modest harbour township was chosen as a destination by such large numbers? Why did people from as far away as Portsmouth and London descend on Shoreham rather than, say, Brighton or Worthing? What was the attraction that caused these Victorians to come In droves on their "cheap day" excursions, their Sunday School treats, their family picnics, their firm's outings, or even their clandestine appointments? For over half a century the vast army of "day trippers" which flocked to Shoreham came eager to sample the delights of a single emporium renowned throughout the South of England for its entertainment - namely the "Swiss Gardens".

Nymans: The Story of a Sussex Garden, by Shirley Nicholson, published 30 July 1992 (xii + 176 pp. & 16 pp. of plates, Sutton Publishing, ISBN-10: 0750902043 & ISBN-13: 9780750902045) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
A history of Nymans garden in Sussex, now in the care of the National Trust, from its first planting by Ludwig Messel in the 1890s, to the present day. Published in association with the National Trust.

Old-fashioned garden revival [at Preston Manor], by David Beevers, published 6 August 1992 in Country Life (vol. 186 no. 32, article, pp.56-57)

In My Garden, by Christopher Lloyd, published 1993 (viii + 277 pp, London: Bloomsbury, ISBN-13: 9780747516590) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
The author has been writing a weekly column in "Country Life" since 1963, and until now, all this wealth of garden literature has been denied to a wider public. This book is a selection of the author's prose, and demonstrates to what high a degree he has influenced gardening in our times.

The Cuckoo in June; Tales of a Sussex Orchard, by David Atkins, published 1 September 1993 (198 pp., The Dovecote Press, ISBN-10: 1874336199 & ISBN-13: 9781874336198) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 11749] & East Sussex Libraries

A Guide to the Gardens at Parham, by Lady Emma Barnard, published 1994 (booklet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 13842]

Guide to Great Dixter, by Christopher Lloyd and Charles Hind, published 1 March 1995 (18 pp., Angel Design, ISBN-10: 0952547104 & ISBN-13: 9780952547105)

Great Dixter, Sussex, by Charles Hind, published 2 November 1995 in Country Life (vol. 189 no. 44, article, pp.50-55)

The Re-Creation of John Nash's Regency Gardens at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, by Virginia Hinze, published 1996 in Garden History (vol. 24, no. 1, article, pp.45-53)   View Online

A garden in a desert place and a palace among the ruins. Lewes castle transformed, 1600-1850, by John H. Farrant, published 1996 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 134, article, pp.169-178) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 13390] & The Keep [LIB/500296] & S.A.S. library

Other people's gardens, by Christopher Lloyd, published 1997 (viii + 211 pp., London: Penguin, ISBN-13: 9780140238600) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
One of our wisest, most direct gardeners, Christopher Lloyd combines rigour, the keenest observation, an idiosyncratic sense of humour and a lifetime's knowledge and love of plants in this exploration of gardens which both interest and stimulate him.

Sheffield Park Garden Stone Bridge and Sluice, by Ron Martin, published 1997 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 27, article, pp.2-7, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506527]   Download PDF
Sheffield Park is one of the jewels in the crown of the National Trust in Sussex and is located in the parish of Fletching at TQ 4124. It comprises 120 acres (40 hectares) of ornamental garden on a sloping site running down from the House to a stream at the bottom of a valley in which runs a tributary of the River Ouse. This stream has been dammed to create the two Woman's Way Ponds. There are two other lakes between the Upper Woman's Way Pond and the House, the Middle Lake and the Ten Foot Pond and to the southwest side of the garden is the Storage Pond. The House is no longer part of the estate. The Stone Bridge, which is the subject of this article, is located at the outlet of the Ten Foot Pond and for purposes of descriptions, the bridge is assumed to be orientated due north - south with the Ten Foot Pond at the west side. The bridge was investigated in January and February 1997, during the period that it was being demolished prior to reconstruction.

Nymans, Sussex, by John Cornforth, published 5 June 1997 in Country Life (vol. 191 no. 23, article, pp.60-65)

Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening, by Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto, published 1998 (London: Frances Lincoln, ISBN-10: 0711212279 & ISBN-13: 9780711212275) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
In this exchange of personal letters two of Britain's leading gardeners - Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto - share their successes and failures, and learn from each other's experiences in their two very different gardens.

Gardener's Tale: George Moon's Early Days in the Ringmer Area and Working Life as a Gardener, edited by Susan Rowland, published 1 December 1998 (64 pp., published by the editor, ISBN-10: 1898950075 & ISBN-13: 9781898950073) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

The Cottage Garden, by Christopher Lloyd and Richard Bird, published 1999 (192 pp., London: Dorling Kindersley, ISBN-13: 9780751307023) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
This practical guide provides both basic and more advanced information, including a clear explanation of the subject, equipment, and preparation. Detailed photographs and instructions work through all the techniques.

Gardens at Wannock: A Brief History of Wannock Tea Gardens and the Old Mill Gardens, and Memories of Some of the People Who Lived and Worked in Them, by Jennifer Wootton, published 1 July 1999 (32 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0953585107 & ISBN-13: 9780953585106) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502947] & British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England, by Stephen Daniels, published 11 August 1999 (318 pp., Paul Mellon Centre, ISBN-10: 0300079648 & ISBN-13: 9780300079647) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
An examination of the career and work of Humphrey Repton, landscape gardener of later Georgian England. It charts Repton's vision of England, how his style changed and persisted over time and from place to place, how he influenced his profession, and how he fashioned his social identity.

Gardener Cook, by Christopher Lloyd, published 2000 (255 pp., London: Frances Lincoln, ISBN-13: 9780711217171) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
In this personal and inspiring book, Christopher Lloyd puts the pleasures of cultivating fruit and vegetables within easy reach of everyone, interspersing invaluable advice on growing healthy, organic food with a collection of his favourite recipes.

Pleasure gardens in Georgian and Regency seaside resorts: Brighton 1750-1840, by Sue Berry, published 2000 in Garden History (vol. 28, no. 2, article, pp.222-300) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14536] & The Keep [LIB/502414]

The Sussex Gardens Book, by David Arscott, published March 2000 (24 pp., Pomegranate Press, ISBN-10: 0953349365 & ISBN-13: 9780953349364) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Glyndebourne: A Garden for All Seasons, by David Wheeler and illustrated by Simon Dorrell, published 1 May 2000 (80 pp., Bryansground Press, ISBN-10: 0953823008 & ISBN-13: 9780953823000) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/508010]

The church in a garden: Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of Peace, Rottingdean, Brighton, by Douglas D'Enno, published 9 February 2001 (204 pp., Brighton: D.D. Publishing, ISBN-10: 0954003306 & ISBN-13: 9780954003302) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

William Robinson: Renowned and influential gardener of Gravetye Manor. 1838-1935, by Kay Coutin, published 2002 (pamphlet, 8 pp.) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Garden House Diaries: Life on a Country Estate, 1930-1945, by T. E. Tomalin and edited by Ruth Tomalin, published 1 July 2003 (viii + 138 pp., Eastbourne: Quercus Press, ISBN-10: 0954518209 & ISBN-13: 9780954518202) accessible at: British Library

Colour for adventurous gardeners, by Christopher Lloyd and edited by Erica Hunningher, published 2004 (192 pp., London: BBC, ISBN-13: 9780563521716) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Colour for Adventurous Gardeners is about using colour for maximum impact. No border, no garden is ever monochromatic. Lloyd explores each colour in relation to others and discusses the rules in order to encourage the gardener to break them.

Succession planting for adventurous gardeners, by Christopher Lloyd and edited by Erica Hunningher, published 2005 (192 pp., London: BBC, ISBN-13: 9780563521105) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
In this book Christopher Lloyd looks at ornamental bedding and other ways of ensuring year-round interest in the garden

Meadows , by Christopher Lloyd, published 9 February 2006 (192 pp., Cassell, ISBN-10: 1844034321 & ISBN-13: 9781844034321) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
At some point in their life, everyone has caught sight of a breathtaking meadow of grasses and wildflowers. The amazing community created by flowers and grasses, butterflies, grasshoppers and other fauna is rich and colourful. No wonder then, with the biodiversity of our countryside fast disappearing, that meadow gardening has become fashionable again. In this definitive guide, Christopher Lloyd covers all aspects of the topic - from the romantic concept of the Swiss Alpine meadow and the man-made prairies of the USA to Dutch and German approaches to naturalistic plantings and the wildflowers of South Africa. Full of practical information, Lloyd explores the development and management of established meadow areas, ways of starting from scratch in a garden setting and the hundreds of beautiful grasses, bulbs and colourful perennials that thrive in different conditions. Meadows is packed with all the information necessary for creating and maintaining your meadow.

Set for a King: 200 Years of Gardening at the Royal Pavilion, by Mike Jones, published 8 November 2006 (192 pp., Brighton: Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums, ISBN-10: 0948723629 & ISBN-13: 9780948723629)
The Royal Pavilion and its extraordinary interiors and collections have been the subject of much study. As a building of international importance it is unique in Britain in being run by a local authority. This is the first attempt to record the development of its setting. The Regency garden's evolution and the theories behind its creation are explained here, with reference to period publications. Drawings of the plants used in the restored gardens show the cycle of flowers throughout the seasons, an innovation at the time.The plant combinations offer inspiration to visitors and gardeners today.

Exotic planting for adventurous gardeners, by Christopher Lloyd, published 2007 (192 pp., London: BBC, ISBN-13: 9780563493198) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners is about the most exciting plants grown by Christopher Lloyd in his garden at Great Dixter in East Sussex. The great plantsman tells the story of his Exotic Garden, which has delighted, & sometimes shocked, summer visitors since it replaced the Edwardian rose garden nearly 15 years ago.

20 Sussex Gardens, by Lorraine Harrison, published 11 April 2007 (96 pp., Snake River Press, ISBN-10: 190602202X & ISBN-13: 9781906022020) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Gane Parks in Sussex and the Godwinesons, by Alban Gautier and edited by C. P. Lewis, published 19 July 2007 in Anglo-Norman Studies XXIX: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2006 (article, pp.51-64, Boydell Press, ISBN-13: 9781843833093)   View Online

Arched rivals [pergola and garden house at West Dean], by Robin Whalley, published 5 July 2007 in Country Life (vol. 201 no. 27, article, pp.122-125)

Cuttings: a year in the garden with Christopher Lloyd, by Christopher Lloyd, published 2008 (xxv + 390 pp., London: Pimlico, ISBN-10: 1845951077 & ISBN-13: 9781845951078) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Christopher Lloyd was one of the greatest gardeners of the 20th century. A celebration of a lifetime of adventurous gardening, this title is a selection from his columns in the Guardian.

Ragged Lands: Viscountess Wolseley's College for Lady Gardeners, Glynde, by Diana Crook, published 1 March 2008 (67 pp., Dale House Press, ISBN-10: 1900841053 & ISBN-13: 9781900841054) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502707] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Review by Juliet Clarke in Sussex Past and Present no. 115, August 2008:
First printed in a limited edition in 2002, this many-layered story of a pioneering College for Lady Gardeners before and during WWI is now available in expanded form. The College was created by the Hon Frances Wolseley, daughter of an illustrious military father. Pampered in childhood, as she moved to maturity her parents rejected and disinherited her. The enterprise resulted largely from her attempt to deal with their quixotic if mannered brutality. She found generous friends and sponsors; her Victorian upbringing had given her the moral high ground and an obligation to public service; crucially though she had a love of the practical and spiritual elements of gardens and gardening. What she had learnt from the (male) gardeners at stately homes throughout her youth, combined with her own aesthetic sense to inform a conviction that women made the best supervising gardeners.
She developed a school to help women (of the right class) learn the business of professional gardening. The creation of an Italianate garden at Glynde near Lewes, where students could gain practical experience, provides the setting for a large and eccentric cast. New material in this edition includes extracts from Frances Wolseley's private diaries that show a small community with a ritualised regime of uniquely designed ceremonies, uniforms, and punishments. This evolved from a mixture of military and nautical influences although an attempt to include men as students was short lived; having established the garden to her satisfaction the predominant struggle was with what Viscountess Wolseley described as the "endless vagaries of the female mind".

A rosarian shares his private passion The delightful romantic rose-filled garden of Ringmer Park, East Sussex, by Anthony Noel, published June 2008 in Country Life (vol. 202 no. 23, article, pp.142-147) accessible at: British Library

Inspring Sussex Gardeners, by Lorraine Harrison, published 1 October 2008 (96 pp., Snake River Press, ISBN-10: 1906022135 & ISBN-13: 9781906022136) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Charles and Joseph Harrison, forgotten horticulturalists, by Jo Trafford-Owen, published 2010 in Garden History (vol. 38, no. 2, article, pp.231-241)
Charles Harrison was head gardener at Petworth House.

The gardens, orchards and park at Danny in Hurstpierpoint: an analysis of the estate map of 1666, by Paula Henderson, published 2010 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 148, article, pp.145-156) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18613] & The Keep [LIB/500366] & S.A.S. library   View Online
An estate map of Danny dated 1666, held in the East Sussex Record Office, is a little known, but extremely interesting, record of the Elizabethan house in its mid-seventeenth century setting. The following short essay is an analysis of that map, considering the architecture of the house itself, which is shown in two bird's eye views: one on the map and the other, quite possibly by another hand, in an inset detail. Many of the divisions of the landscape around the house - indicated by the walls, hedges and courts - appear to be contemporary with the house, while the planting and other features represent later work. Estate maps, such as this one, reveal important information about how landscapes developed and changed over time. The Danny map also provides clues about the personality and interests of the man who owned the estate at the time, Peter Courthope.

Nymans: The Story of a Sussex Garden, by Shirley Nicholson, published 31 March 2010 (xii + 176 pp. & 16 pp. of plates, The History Press, ISBN-10: 0752455958 & ISBN-13: 9780752455952) accessible at: R.I.B.A. Library
Nymans forms one of a group of gardens in the Sussex Weald which were created before the First World War and are still beautiful today, their owners sharing a passion for new material brought back from all over the world by intrepid plant hunters. Ludwig Messel bought Nymans in 1890 and, with his head gardener, James Comber, began extensive planting of exotics, determined to prove that many supposedly tender plants could grow outdoors in Sussex. After 1915, his son, Leonard, carried on planting and raising new hybrids. In 1954 the garden was bequeathed to the National Trust. This historic garden is undoubtedly one of our national treasures and this book pays tribute to its history and beauty.

A post-modern phantasmagoria: the Collector Earl's Garden at Arundel Castle, East Sussex; Designers: Julian and Isabel Bannerman, by Sir Roy Strong, published 7 July 2010 in Country Life (vol. 204 no. 27, article, pp.72-75) accessible at: R.I.B.A. Library
The garden has been designed to bring together the collections of, and to pay homage to, Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), who travelled with Inigo Jones to Italy in 1614-15.

In My Garden: The Garden Diaries of Great Dixter, by Christopher Lloyd, published 16 August 2010 (288 pp., Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, ISBN-10: 1408811081 & ISBN-13: 9781408811085) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Christopher Lloyd has been writing a weekly column in "Country Life" since 1963 and, until now, this wealth of garden literature has been denied to a wider public. There are many garden writers, but few whose work can be considered to have the status of literature. There is only one who has achieved this at the same time as delivering horticultural information which enlightens even the most erudite of plantsmen, and that is Christopher Lloyd. His prose is exciting; his knowledge is vast; his ideas are provocative, and what is the true test of a writer who has transcended his medium, he makes you laugh out loud. In this selection from the storehouse of Christopher Lloyd's prose it will be apparent to what a high degree he has influenced gardening in our times. The book will capture the essence of Christopher Lloyd and of his garden at Great Dixter.

The View from Great Dixter: Christopher Lloyd's Garden Legacy, by Christopher Lloyd's family and friends, published 31 October 2010 (207 pp., Timber Press, ISBN-10: 1604692154 & ISBN-13: 9781604692150)
Expansive herbaceous borders, orchid-filled meadows enveloped by old stone, precision-carved topiary, and an air of gentle eccentricity make Great Dixter the quintessential English country garden. Yet the impact of Christopher Lloyd's unique creation extends way beyond the gardening world and affects all who pass through it in a very particular way.
In this intimate collection of written and photographic contributions, Christopher Lloyd's wide circle of family and friends describe what Great Dixter means to them. Food, poetry, music and plants feature large with one guest recounting the delight of eating an exquisitely cooked turbot and another how a bloom of magnolia was analysed with botanical precision during the course of dinner. Visitors remember the feel of the centuries-old floorboards underfoot, the thrill of waking early to peer out on topiary enshrouded in fog, and many describe how, in one way or another, Great Dixter changed their lives.
This valuable record encapsulates what makes time spent at Great Dixter in particular, and to some extent time spent in all gardens, so irreplaceable. It adds an important layer to our understanding of Christopher Lloyd's achievements and spurs us on to new heights in our own gardening endeavours.

Garden Make-Over at Michelham: Medieval monastic gardens recreated at Michelham Priory, by Stuart Reid, published April 2011 in Sussex Past & Present (no. 123, article, pp.4-5, ISSN: 1357-7417) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/500475] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Since joining the staff as head gardener in September of 2007, I have been conducting research into medieval gardens as part of an ongoing programme of refurbishment and improvement of the gardens at Michelham Priory. This research has focussed on the relationship between the Monastic life of the Augustinian Canons (the Priory's original inhabitants), and the developing horticultural practices of the period. It has been undertaken with a view to improve the way the history of the Priory gardens is explained to the visiting public, and aims to appeal to the more dedicated horticulturist as well as someone looking for an interesting day out in beautiful surroundings. The intended outcome is to include more of the gardens' story as part of the planned reinterpretation of the Priory.

The Adventurous Gardener, by Christopher Lloyd, published 30 October 2011 (232 pp., London: Frances Lincoln, ISBN-10: 071123244X & ISBN-13: 9780711232440) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
In this gardening classic the forever adventurous Christopher Lloyd takes us on a tour through the garden, stopping to lecture here, to exhort there, to overturn the old and accepted when his experience prompts him. He ponders, suggests, explains, ruminates, always delighting the reader with the sharpness of his observations and the eloquence of his prose. For Christopher Lloyd gardening is nothing if not fun, and he makes it equally enjoyable for his readers.

Another day in paradise: A Brighton courtyard garden is admired, by Pattle Barron, published 2012 in The Garden (vol. 137, part 11, article, pp.54-55)

A Celebration of Flowers from the Horsham Museum Garden, by Heather Glenny, published 25 October 2012 (2 volumes, Horsham Museum Society) accessible at: Horsham Museum Society

Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening, by Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto, published 2013 (new illustrated edition, 304 pp., London: Frances Lincoln, ISBN-13: 9780711234611) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
In this exchange of personal letters two of Britain's leading gardeners - Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto - share their successes and failures, and learn from each other's experiences in their two very different gardens.

The fruits of our labours: Gravetye Manor kitchen garden, West Hoathly, West Sussex, by Tom Coward, published 27 March 2013 in Country Life (vol. 207 no. 13, article, pp.54-58)

Good technique, consistently applied: Pashley Manor Kitchen Garden, Ticehurst, East Sussex, by Steven Desmond, published 29 May 2013 in Country Life (vol. 207 no. 22, article, pp.92-95)

Return to Dixter: Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex, by Tom Coward, published 10 July 2013 in Country Life (vol. 207 no. 28, article, pp.58-63)

Lychgate: An English Country Garden , by Alex Kirkbride, published October 2013 (164 pp., Hove: Tamiko Publishing, ISBN-10: 0992729408 & ISBN-13: 9780992729400) accessible at: British Library

Virginia Woolf's garden: the story of the garden at Monk's house, by Caroline Zoob, published 17 October 2013 (192 pp., London: Jacqui Small, ISBN-10: 1909342130 & ISBN-13: 9781909342132) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Monk's House in Sussex is the former home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. It was bought by them in 1919 as a country retreat, somewhere they came to read, write and work in the garden. From the overgrown land behind the house they created a brilliant patchwork of garden rooms, linked by brick paths, secluded behind flint walls and yew hedges. The story of this magical garden is the subject of this book and the author has selected quotations from the writings of the Woolfs which reveal how important a role the garden played in their lives, as a source of both pleasure and inspiration. Virginia wrote most of her major novels at Monk's House, at first in a converted tool shed, and later in her purpose-built wooden writing lodge tucked into a corner of the orchard.
Caroline Zoob lived with her husband, Jonathan, at Monk's House for over a decade as tenants of the National Trust, and has an intimate knowledge of the garden they tended and planted. The photographer, Caroline Arber, was a frequent visitor to the house during their tenancy and her spectacular photographs, published here for the first time, often reveal the garden as it is never seen by the public: at dawn, in the depths of winter, at dusk. The photographs and text, enriched with rare archive images and embroidered garden plans, take the reader on a journey through the various garden 'rooms', (including the Italian Garden, the Fishpond Garden, the Millstone Terrace and the Walled Garden). Each garden room is presented in the context of the lives of the Woolfs, with fascinating glimpses into their daily routines at Rodmell.
This beautiful book is an absorbing account of the creation of a garden which will appeal equally to gardeners and those with an interest in Virginia and Leonard Woolf.

The Well-Tempered Garden: the timeless classic that no gardener should be without, by Christopher Lloyd, published 2014 (new edition, xiii + 368 pp., London: Phoenix, ISBN-13: 9781780227825) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
This is a practical manual for gardeners. It provides information on subjects ranging from planning a garden, planting, weeding and propagation to container gardens, colour, annuals, water lilies and vegetables.

Christopher Lloyd's gardening year journal, by Christopher Lloyd, published 2015 (192 pp., London: Frances Lincoln, ISBN-10: 0711236828 & ISBN-13: 9780711236820) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
This giftable but lightly journalised edition of the Christopher Lloyd classic gardening reference with sumptuous new photos by Jonathan Buckley and a new introduction from Fergus Garrett. Month by month what to do, what to admire, what to think, what to hope for - with special monthly feature boxes that will highlight ?colour' and ?succession', the two aspects that lovers of Christopher Lloyd's planting philosophy are most acutely attuned to.
A new treatment to an old classic of what to do when to create and maintain a beautiful garden. The dream team of Jonathan Buckley, Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett. This classic reference to the gardening year provides adventurous and thoughtful gardeners with the most eloquent writing on the garden in the 20th century accompanied by the outstanding photography.

Uppark revealed: A reinterpretation of the history of the house and gardens in the light of evidence revealed during restoration in 1989-94 following damage by fire, by Fred Aldsworth, published 2015 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 153, article, pp.113-170) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18934] & The Keep [LIB/509033] & S.A.S. library   View Online
The fire which swept through Uppark in Harting, West Sussex, in August 1989 and the subsequent five-year restoration exposed much of the fabric of the house previously hidden by decorative plasterwork, panelling, and floor and wall coverings. The fabric and the debris provided much new evidence for the house's original form and decoration, and for changes made to it during its life. Minor ground disturbances around the house, for example for temporary buildings and services, led to the discovery of evidence for the development of the gardens.
This new archaeological evidence is presented here along with recently identified documentary evidence. Together they offer a revised and more detailed account of the history of the house and its gardens than has previously been available.
Although the house and gardens were first built in c. 1690 (Period 1), the precise dates for their construction and the name of the architect responsible are not known. The property was described as 'new built' by Celia Fiennes visiting in the second half of 1695, but dates as early as 1685 have been suggested for its construction for Ford Grey, Baron Grey of Warke, created Earl of Tankerville in June 1695. Although the house is often attributed to William Talman (1650-1720), with George London (c. 1640-1714) perhaps employed to design the gardens, the distinguished architect Hugh May (1621-84), who lived locally at Lavant, may have had a hand in its design.
The house was refurbished and the gardens were redesigned just a few years later, c. 1700-30 (Period 1a), with new outbuildings by the London builder John Jenner in 1723-5. They were extended and altered again on two further occasions, after purchase by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, between 1747 and 1774 probably to designs by Daniel Garrett (d. 1753) and Henry Keene (1726-76) (Period 2), and then by Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh in 1811-17, to designs by Humphry Repton (1752-1818) (Period 3).
The picture that emerges is one of continuing change to meet the aspirations of successive owners or to accommodate visits by fashionable visitors, not least George, Prince of Wales between 1784 and 1804.

Arundel Castle's gothic revival, published October 2015 in The Garden (vol. 140, part 10, article, p.32) accessible at: British Library
A garden for a castle overlooked by a cathedral requires impressive design and planting flair, as James Alexander-Sinclair uncovers at Arundel in West Sussex

Capability Brown in Sussex, a Collection of Research Papers on Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's work in Sussex , by Sussex Gardens Trust, published 2016 (Sussex Gardens Trust) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was born in 1716 and during his lifetime he changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green.
Over the past year, SGT volunteers have researched many of the sites in Sussex associated with 'Capability' Brown and the Trust is proud to announce the publication the fruits of their labours in 'Capability' Brown in Sussex, a collection of research papers.

The Finest Gardens of the South East, by Tony Russell, published 15 March 2016 (160 pp., Stroud: Amberley Publishing, ISBN-10: 1445649780 & ISBN-13: 9781445649788) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
Home of the most stunning public gardens in England, South East England's wealth of internationally renowned gardens are a must see, and here Tony Russell provides a guide to the wonderful gardens the region has to offer. In East Sussex, Sheffield Park Garden offers colourful, vibrant displays with waterfalls, cascades and four large lakes, while Kent offers thirteenth-century Hever Castle, complete with Italian scupltures, a 35-acre lake and a 3,000 strong rose garden. The wealth of gardens extends to The Savill Garden in Berkshire, University of Oxford Botanic Garden in Oxfordshire, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, Great Dixter House & Garden in East Sussex and Goodnestone Park & Garden in Kent, all brought to life in this wonderful collection compiled by Tony Russell.

Meadows: At Great Dixter and Beyond , by Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett, published 7 April 2016 (240 pp., The Pimpernel Press, ISBN-10: 1910258032 & ISBN-13: 9781910258033) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
To see a meadow in bloom is a great delight it s alive and teeming with life, mysterious, dynamic . . So Christopher Lloyd began his much-admired instructive and celebratory account of meadows, first published in 2004. Few people knew more about meadow gardening than Lloyd, who spent much of his long life developing the flowering tapestries in his garden at Great Dixter, creating scenes of great beauty and a place of pilgrimage for lovers of wildflowers and wildlife. In Meadows he imparted that lifetime s learning, exploring the development and management of meadow areas, explaining how to establish a meadow in a garden setting, describing the hundreds of beautiful grasses, bulbs and perennials and annuals that thrive in different meadow conditions and detailing how to grow them. Lloyd's classic text remains at the heart of this new book, which also includes as well as much stunning new photography an extensive introduction by Fergus Garrett, Lloyd's head gardener.