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A small garden that’s bursting with coastal plants.

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A close up of a flower garden

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About the garden

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.

Visit Driftwood as part of the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail

Opening times

1st June - 31st July 2022 Please enquire about pre-booked groups or individuals visits Open as part of the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail on 23rd and 24th July

Useful details

Garden area

0.1 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall.


undefined Yes - Children of all ages (must be closely supervised).

Wheelchair access

Completely inaccessible.


Yes - There is a gift shop.

East Sussex, BN25 2RS

Events available

Check local coronavirus guidance before you visit

Weather forecast


Find the garden

East Sussex
BN25 2RS
Sat Nav Postcode
BN25 2RS
Public Transport
Easy by southern rail to Bishopstone and short walk or 12/12a bus from Brighton or Eastbourne, get off at Bishopstone Rd.
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Things to see

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Upcoming events

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 2022

Jul 23 - Jul 24 11:00-17:00

Up to 20 or more gardens from Brighton to Seaford will open their gates in support of Macmillan Cancer Support! The funds from every ticket sold will go directly to help people suffering from cancer. Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of July, visitors will be able to take part in the trail and see an eclectic mix of private gardens along this stretch of the southeast coastline.

Please follow this link for more information on the trail and the gardens you will be able to visit. There are currently 14 gardens available to visit across the 13-mile trail but more may be added in due course. Visitors don’t have to follow the trail exactly and can drop in and out as they please.

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Contact the garden

01323 899296

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