Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2024: Hall Blooms with Floral Splendor Thanks to Dedicated Garden Team

This month has been dominated by the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2024. The event lasts from 22nd February to 2nd March and happens every other year. The garden and estate teams have been busy working hard, getting the site weeded and preened in advance of the guests and contestants’ arrival, many of who will be staying at the hall for the duration of the event.  With plenty of guests at the Hall, there is a need for a regular supply of flowers for the house, all cut and sourced from the garden. Thankfully we have a good show of Read More

Navigating the Winter Garden: Challenges and Pruning Tips for Frosty Nights and Wet Days

This month has seen many frosty nights and beautifully sunny days but also wet and damp spells. Several storms’ systems have also passed through, making it a challenging time of year to be out in the garden. On frosty days, when the ground is frozen, cutting back perennials is impossible. On very wet days, working on sodden soil damages it and causes compaction. So, a good job to do is wet and cold march is to pruning our roses and wall shrubs. ROSE PRUNING This month the gardeners have been pruning roses on the Haha borders. Climbing roses need pruning Read More

Job Vacancy: Senior Grounds Keeper

A fantastic opportunity for the role senior Grounds Keeper at Fairlight Hall Gardens, not far from Hastings. The gardens are situated within the 90 acre estate, and is located just outside Hastings and commands impressive views over the English Channel and along the south coast. This fine and busy garden run on organic principles is home to a variety of beautiful and interesting flower borders, impressive kitchen garden, various lawns, lakes, and woodland and wildflower areas. The garden is well stocked and equipped which makes for the ideal garden to work in and is home to a friendly team of Read More

Meet our new Head Gardener Matthew Brewer

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Head Gardener Matthew Brewer who joins us at the beginning of next November. Following a happy four years, we say farewell to John Myers and wish him well in his new role at Ham House in Richmond. Matthew comes to us following his superb stewardship as Head Gardener at Marwood Hill Gardens, Devon, which culminated this Summer in a Gold Medal Award at the Hampton Court Flower Show – the best Plant Heritage Exhibit, showcasing the national collection of Astilbes at Marwood Hill. He is an horticulture graduate of Writtle Read More