9 June 2023
10 things to do at Wakehurst this summer
Longer, sunnier days are here! Why not spend them in the biodiverse setting of Wakehurst?
Admire spectacular art across the landscape, experience the gardens after hours, and discover a world of biodiversity.
1. Uncover the power of trees
This summer, we’re celebrating one of the world’s most recognisable and loved plants – trees.
We’re working with some incredible artists to create bespoke outdoor installations for you to enjoy across our landscape.
2. Journey to Planet Wakehurst
Created by Australian artist Catherine Nelson, Planet Wakehurst is a celebration of biodiversity on a scale like no other.
Our newest art installation is unmissable, so step back and take in each and every detail.
3. Venture into the Wild Wood
Brand new to the gardens, Wild Wood is a treasure trove of woven delights. From foxes to faces, deer to dormice, see if you can spot them all.
Each sculpture has been hand-crafted and woven using natural materials to celebrate the relationship between us and our biodiverse world.
4. Play your part in pollinator research
Ever wanted to be a scientist for the day?
This summer, our Nature Unlocked research is bringing science to you, as our experts investigate the best trees for bees.
Help us by carrying out pollinator counts on selected trees throughout the summer and play a role in this ground-breaking study.
Keep an eye on our online platforms to find out more.
5. Marvel at our summer showstoppers
No two summers are the same at Wakehurst, and whilst the temperatures start to creep up, we’re excited to see which areas across the landscape will take centre stage this summer.
And don’t miss Coronation Meadow, a spectacular undulating landscape with unmissable views of the Sussex High Weald, transporting you away from the hustle and bustle of life.
6. Become a prairie species-spotting expert
Our American Prairie is an unmissable, six-acre grassland, right in the heart of our gardens.
Whilst in previous years the prairie has been a dazzling sea of yellow, we’re expecting more diversity this summer, as a variety of different species come into bloom.
Look out for delicate yellow golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), the spiky foliage of rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) or the white petals of foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Harder-to-spot species include late-blooming smooth-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) on the Atlantic coastal plain beds, small spiderwort (Tradescantia) and the western sunflower
7. Delight in delicious summer treats
Start your day at Seeds Café, a dog-friendly venue offering a wide array of fresh, seasonal ingredients and plenty of plant-based options.
Indulge in modern, locally-sourced dishes at the Stables Kitchen, while the Stables Pantry tempts you with grab-and-go French patisserie-style treats. And don't miss the soft scoop ice cream van for a refreshing sweet delight.
Did someone say cronut? This mouth-watering medley of a doughnut and croissant is the perfect reward for a day’s adventure.
9. Shop world-class collections
We’ve recently expanded our Plant Centre to include more collections and inspiration for you.
That flower that you couldn’t stop taking pictures of? That tree with the fascinating foliage? Find it in the Plant Centre and bring it back to your garden.
You don’t need a garden entry ticket to visit the Plant Centre. Benefit from 45 minutes free parking and enjoy a bit of retail therapy.
And don’t forget – members get 10% off!
10. Learn the art of reiki, willow weaving or charcoal making
Throughout summer, our range of workshops offer you the chance to learn a new skill, have fun with friends or gift someone an unforgettable experience.