4 Marine Drive,
Opening dates and times:Tue 2 July, Sun 11 Aug (11-5)
Visitors and groups of up to 20 also welcome by appt June to Aug
Admission:Adm £3.50, chd free
This garden also opens as part of the Seaford & Bishopstone Gardens group on Sat 15, Sun 16 June, Sun 21 July (11-5)
Admission:Combined adm £5, chd free
Contact:Geoff Stonebanks & Mark Glassman
Telephone: 01323 899296
Clearly signed from A259 between Seaford & Newhaven. Turn L into Marine Drive from Bishopstone Rd, 2nd on R. Please park carefully in street
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Description:A multi award winning bright beach-inspired plot that fully embraces its location with imaginative planting, cleverly combining wooden and rusted metal features with the landscape. Densely packed, no exposed soil, home to over 400 different varieties of plants and shrubs in coastal gravel and cottage beds, with space to sit and admire the sea views. An immaculate, lawnless, gem, 112ft x 48ft
Garden decorations and Daily Mail National Garden Competition Blue Plaque Holder and Winner for Garden News Gardener of the Year Best Small Garden
In the press:Extensive coverage in national/local press and in numerous publications. To be the featured garden in Sussex Life's July edition 2013
Disability information:Steep drive but help readily available
Further details:Driftwood, described by the Daily Mail in 2012, as a seaside sanctuary, is an immaculate, bright, beach-inspired plot (112 feet x 42 feet front and back) that fully embraces its location with imaginative planting. The front is a fabulous beach garden with a mixture of planting, lobster pots, small boat and laid out with tables and chairs to sit and view the sea while taking tea.
At the back, there are two distinct halves, with views of the sea. This densely packed plot, with no exposed soil, or lawn, is home to over 400 different varieties of plants and shrubs all vying for your attention. Close to the house, you could think yourself in a small cottage garden with masses of colour around you. The area is full of pots containing camellias, fuchsias, small shrubs and many annuals, along with several cottage garden perennial borders and plants specifically chosen for a coastal garden. At the top of the garden it is more rugged and exposed to the sea winds, where you can relax and take in the view. There are 5 gravel beds and an array of coastal plants and rusted ironworks able to withstand the strong south westerly winds. The sound of flowing water, echoes across the garden.
One visitor in 2012 said of it: "Beautifully thought out garden, but also intuitive, creative and inspirational. And tightly maintained!!" A garden journalist recorded: “"Driftwood in Seaford is like a mini Giverny, giving a colour palette similar to Giverny."
In 2012 it was judged in to the final 4, from over 1200 entries, in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition. One of the judges said, "I've seen hundreds of gardens over the 21 years of judging the Daily Mail Competition and believe me, you are up there with the best of them." It was the winner of the Garden News Gardener of the Year Best Small Garden 2012. It also featured in Sussex Society Magazine, Daily Mail Weekend magazine, Garden News Magazine and was mentioned in Sussex Life, Gardeners’World and was extensively featured in local press. It remains a very personal garden with plants and objects once owned by family and friends. We look forward to seeing you.