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Driftwood

Member since May 2019

Seaford

Though small in size, Driftwood is bursting with character. Since 2004, Geoff Stonebanks has transformed this plot, (a mere 112ft by 40ft) from your standard lawn-and-borders backyard into a paradisal garden wonderland complete with quirky nautical props. His efforts have won him multiple accolades, including a seminal appearance on the BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Taking inspiration from its scenic coastal location in Seaford, East Sussex, visitors are greeted by a scene of seaside plants thriving among old fish crates and anchors, while the exposed tip of the garden is home to durable plants that can withstand a battering from strong winds and salt spray. In between visitors are submerged in a sea of cottage plants from fuchsias to heucheras. The bijou space also doubles up as an alfresco gallery for the work of local artists. But the beautifully unfettered borders aren’t the only reason people are drawn here. Stonebanks is not only a superb gardener but a dab hand at baking, and this beautiful garden is the perfect setting to enjoy his homemade cakes.

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