With over 40 listed buildings in Ditchling, there is history on every corner and the village offers a unique insight into over a thousand years of Sussex heritage. At Glorious Gardens we understand that it is essential that you embed history within your garden beds.
You can virtually view the Ditchling Museum Art and Craft there is a small garden which contains 30 – 40 dye plants. It is designed as a dye plant library, to showcase as many dye plants as possible. They have limited types of each plant, but they harvest from the plants and their produce is used by a teacher at the museum or by garden volunteers. Wanting to learn more about plants Glorious Gardens will educate you on how different types of plants will complement your type of garden.
The Court Gardens Vineyards and winery has a long history of farming. In Saxon times the farm was known as the Manor of Ditchling Garden, from the middle ages to the reformation it was held by the monks at the priory in Lewes. After a short spell owned by the crown the farm became known as Court Garden. The farm appears on one of the earliest maps of Sussex, Yeakell and Gardner’s map of 1778-1783, just to the north of Ditchling. Not much has changed in the landscape since then. The vineyard was established in the spring of 2005 on a beautiful south-facing slope with the South Downs as a backdrop and is now one of the more charming vineyards in England. The family run single-estate vineyard now extends to 17 acres, mainly planted with the three classic varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier for the production of Sparkling Wine, and also Pinot Gris, Ortega, Rondo and Pinot Blanc for use in still wine. Two rare old varieties of Arbanne and Petit Meslier are grown as well. Sussex shares similar geology to north-east France; the chalk of the downs runs beneath the Channel into France. In East Sussex we have a more maritime climate which is perfect for the production of sparkling wine. Discovering the sparking sensations of the Court Gardens Vineyards turn to Glorious Gardens to create the perfect environment to enjoy a glass of wine in your garden on a hot summer’s day.