Has your garden survived the summer?

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How well has your garden survived the drought during the summer? This is a great time of year to review your garden and drop into one of the many lovely garden centres across the Forest! Its time to pick up spring bulbs and autumn bedding plants such as pansies and chrysanthemums!

Visit Perryhill Nurseries in Hartfield which is a true nursery with most plants grown on site. Peter and his team are also there to offer advise over new plant choices and how to rescue plants that are sick. There are a wide range of trees, shrubs, bedding and bulbs. Don’t miss the annual plant sale 5th-7th October! www.perryhillnurseries.co.uk

The Ashdown Forest Garden Centre has a wide selection of plants in their large polytunnel. Many of the plants are grown on site. There is also a shop selling a wide range of garden equipment and gifts, a stone shop selling a variety of stone slabs for paths and gardens and a popular cafe selling delicious home made soup, breakfasts, lunches and teas. www.ashdownforestgardencentre.co.uk

Wyevale Garden Centre at Wych Cross is famous for its wide range of roses – with names such as Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Happy Anniversary they make great gifts. There are a wide range of plants, an extensive garden shop selling garden equipment and gifts and also a lovely cafe. Why not browse the shop and then visit the cafe for lunch or afternoon tea. www.wychcross.co.uk

Sussex Country Gardener in Frant has an extensive range of plants, pots and garden ornaments. There is also a very large shop selling garden equipment, clothes and gifts – a great location for Christmas Shopping. At the top of the site there is a lovely cafe with inside and outside seating, serving breakfasts, lunches and teas. The area is also used for interesting gardening talks throughout the year and childrens craft events during the school holidays. Recently fresh food – fruit and vegetables have been added to the shop as well as fresh fish. There is always something new at Sussex Country Gardener! www.sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

For further details of the Garden Centres across the Forest visit our website www.ashdownforest.com and search for Garden Centres.