Category: The Nursery

  • Chilean guava

    Chilean guava

    Latin name: Ugni Molinae    Common names: Chilean guava/ Strawberry myrtle This evergreen shrub from South America was grown widely in the UK as a fruit crop by the Victorians. Apparently it was Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit. The plant has with small leathery leaves with an upright, bushy habit and will grow (slowly) to 1 –…

  • The Kitchen garden progresses

    The Kitchen garden progresses

    Arriving for work at Babylon in early February with the sun rising over the Ashdown Forest and the valleys beyond, and with a full view of the entire length of the greenhouse now that the tall conifers have been felled gave me a sense of the space we have to develop.  Running down the north…

  • The Kitchen garden begins

    The Kitchen garden begins

    If you’ve visited us over the last few weeks you’ll have noticed that some big changes are happening here. We are creating a Kitchen garden, which will supply seasonal ingredients to our restaurant, with zero food miles! Because we only opened in June last year, our previous vegetable garden was situated on the land of…

  • The big greenhouse clean

    The big greenhouse clean

    Our fabulous Greenhouse has had a clean. This is no mean feat, as in 1974 our greenhouse was the largest single span glass structure of its type in the country. The team obviously had a head for heights as they had to get on the roof to thoroughly wash the glass panels inside and out.…

  • Christmas trees are here

    Christmas trees are here

    Christmas trees are now in stock at Babylon. We have Nordmann Fir trees ranging from 4ft through to 7ft, and also Norway spruce in pots. Come down and either buy now, or reserve your favourite and collect at a later date. Mulled wine We’ll be serving mulled wine on the weekends of 2nd and 9th…

  • Hurstwood Cider at Babylon

    Hurstwood Cider at Babylon

    We are proud to announce that we are stocking Hurstwood Cider in The Kitchen here at Babylon. Hurstwood Cider is made locally, using Kent and Sussex grown dessert apples and has won several awards. Alex and her small team have created a juice only cider that is crisp, fresh and entirely natural. You can find…

  • Deck the halls!

    Deck the halls!

    Get into the spirit of Christmas by pre-ordering a beautifully crafted, handmade festive wreath from Babylon Eco Centre. We are thrilled to continue this tradition of handmade Christmas wreaths, each meticulously crafted with care by Sacha, who works in The Nursery here at Babylon. Using plants and flowers gathered on site these are a wonderful…

  • Tracy Oakley pots

    Tracy Oakley pots

    Here at Babylon we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with local artists and would like to introduce you to the work of Tracy Oakley. Tracy is a London based artist who spent four years at Art College in the early nineties, specialising in illustration. Since being diagnosed with MS she has a…

  • Friends of Ashdown Forest

    Friends of Ashdown Forest

    We are now stocking the brand new 2024 Ashdown Forest Calendar which has been published by the Friends of the Ashdown Forest. The calendar features twelve beautiful photos showing the forest throughout the seasons, which are the work of the local photographer David Brooker. The calendar makes a wonderful present and all sales proceeds go…

  • New season, new cakes

    New season, new cakes

    There’s an autumnal feel in the air which perhaps gives us the perfect excuse to eat more cake, which is perfect timing as we’ve recently started serving a new selection from ‘A Taste of Dreams‘ who are Artisan bakers based in Sussex who make their delicious cakes and bakes by hand. Both founders grew up…