The Museum of Gardening.

Dedicated to Edwin Beard Budding inventor of the lawnmower in 1830.

Free Entry

Hours of visiting

  • Mon - Sat

    9:00 am to 17:00 pm

  • Including Bank Holidays
  • Sun

    10:00 am to 17:00 pm

  • Including Bank Holidays
  • About Us

  • The Museum of Gardening is housed within a 1500m2 vernacular style Sussex barn constructed from restoration-grade oak, fashioned by hand in a traditional workshop by a team of master carpenters. The barn is part of the South Downs Heritage Centre located in Hassocks, West Sussex.

    Following three years of development and planning by Clive Gravett (curator), Jonathan Tate & Sarah Mead (site owners) the museum opened its doors in March 2016. An official grand opening ceremony took place in July 2016 with the ribbon being cut by Jim Buttress using a large pair of heavy Victorian shears!

    The museum is a focal point for, and operated by The Budding Foundation, a charity raising funds to support young people.

  • Specific sections devoted to…

    • Invention of the Lawnmower

    • Cultivating

    • Spraying & Watering

    • Pruning & Training

    • Push Lawnmowers

    • Motor Lawnmowers

    • Toy Lawnmowers

    • The combustion engine

    • Sussex Trug making

    • Local Terracotta

    • Brick making

    • Bee Keeping


Our collection contains a variety of interesting and in some cases unique horticultural tools, together with a large collection of vintage lawnmowers, some extremely rare.

Exhibits range from a small glass cucumber straightener invented by George Stephenson (The Rocket) to an extremely rare 1920’s Ransomes ride-on mower weighing just under a ton!