A small garden that’s bursting with coastal plants.
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.
Food Stall (Food and Drink), Gift Shop (Sculptures)
Spring: Perennial Borders
Summer: Perennial Borders, Grasses
Year-Round: Tropical Foliage, Succulents, Sculpture Garden
Tickets & Discounts
Day ticket prices: Private visits pre-booked with owner are £8.50 (inc personal tour by owner) all monies to Macmillan Cancer Support. Under 16s free. Refreshments extra.
Concessions: Not available.
Season ticket prices: Not available.
Membership discounts: Not available.
Good to Know
Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads.
Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages (must be closely supervised).
Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Completely inaccessible.
Wheelchair Hire: Not available.
Bicycle Storage: Not available.
Public Transport: Easy by southern rail to Bishopstone and short walk or 12/12a bus from Brighton or Eastbourne, get off at Bishopstone Rd.
Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using BN25 2RS
Last Entry: Check appropriate details on the garden’s website.
Additional Information: Important to check website prior to visit and to phone owner on 01323 899296 to arrange visit and refreshments in advance.
Size of Site: 0.1 Acres.
Profile Information: Last updated by Driftwood in 2021.