Reg charity: England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604).
25th May 2017
24 gardens will be opening.

The Horizon Centre itself will be open on Saturday 29th from 1pm to 4pm as well, see garden 5 listing below.

Look out for a well known face from a current Channel 4 popular reality Tv show who is opening their garden this year!

We regret that many gardens have steps and narrow paths meaning that disabled wheelchair access is not possible. For advice on access across the trail,
please call 01323 899296.

Very proudly sponsored in 2017 by Garden Media Guild's 2015 award winning web site.
Coastal Garden Trail

Christine Walkden has generously agreed to be our patron again in 2017.Entry £2 per garden or £6 for a day ticket on Saturday and £6 on Sunday.

The new Macmillan Horizon Cancer Centre opened in Brighton in late 2016. Monies raised from this trail will support Macmillan in it's operation.


Trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, was named Fundraiser of the Year by More Radio for 2016. He was nominated, shortlisted and won the award in November 2016 and the news made the front page of the local paper on 2nd December.

Christine Walkden's horticultural knowledge, combined with her obvious passion for gardening is what has made her a TV and radio favourite, and The One Show’s resident gardening expert, along with being a regular pannelist on Gardeners' Question Time. Autumn 2014 saw her in a 15 part series on BBC1 called "Glorious Gardens from Above". Christine said "I support cancer charities as we have had problems in the family so I know myself what people go through and also how its upsets families as well. I just hope it may help you." See Christine's web site HERE.

Surprisingly the BBC2 series Christine did a few years ago, Christine's Garden is not available on DVD but you can see them all on YouTube for free. Check them out HERE!

In 2015, Christine generously agreed to travel to Sussex to open the event in the award winning garden of organiser, Geoff Stonebanks. She said "Opening gardens and sharing them with others is a great treat for all. It generates a sense of community, camaraderie and interest in the beauty that gardeners create. I am thrilled to continue as patron for the fifth year, especially having seen it first hand." Christine goes on to say "There are probably umpteen better gardens down my street, but it doesn't bother me - I'm not competitive or pretentious. I don't want a showcase garden. It's the relationship I have with my garden that matters."

Christine can be seen above with organiser, Geoff Stonebanks and Macmillan Fundraising Manager Tom Carter.

Below, Geoff Stonebanks presents Sara Coxhill, from Macmillan, with the cheque for £8000, raised during 2016. The final amount was actually for £8400.

Over £40000 has now been raised by Geoff's Driftwood Fundraising Group since 2012!
Read all about the 2016 trail here.

On 28th September, Geoff and some of his garden supporters, were invited to a preview of the centre and were amazed to find that Driftwood Fundraising Group was listed on the roll call of supporters who have raised money for the centre. Sussex Committees have raised over £1.1 million and Driftwood £40000 of that.

Gardens opening on 29th & 30th July 2017. Please check each garden as very few are only open on either Saturday or Sunday!

(Including Ovingdean, Rottingdean & Saltdean)

Garden 1...... 70 Daleview, Hangleton Brighton,

Tony and Christopher have been doing an almost complete re-landscape of their garden over the last couple of years. You might well see a very familiar face from a current popular Channel 4 reality show too while visiting! Having committed to the trail, has given them renewed vigour to get it finished asap! They've just finished a second decked area in front of the summer house and are in the process of creating new raised sleeper beds around it. Go and visit to see the finished product. They will be serving tea and cakes and selling homegrown plants too!

Garden 2...... Bramble Cottage Retirement Home, 18 Carden Avenue, Brighton,

Karina Lewis and her team at Bramble Cottage will be opening the large gardens at the retirement home for visitors to wander through and admire the planting again in 2017. Two beautiful ponds, one at the front surrounded by lush planting and one at the rear on the sloping lawn. Hanging baskets on the rear patio. Home-made tea and cake will be served to visitors as well. It is hoped there will be cuttings for sale and a selection of books.

Garden 3...... 23 East Drive, Brighton

Walk through the rose covered arch where Gill Palmer will be serving tea and cakes on two lawns surrounded by well stocked borders with a cottage style theme. A shrubbery and water feature add ambience to this spacious garden with places to sit, relax and unwind, not to mention the gorgeous art they will be selling too with a percentage to Macmillan! There is an addition this year of a wooden Playhouse and slide in memory of Grandad Peter, Gill's beloved husband who passed away last year.

Garden 4...... 26 South Avenue, Brighton

Sarah and Martin have decided to open their garden again after a year off and say "please come and visit our sunny town garden. We have developed the garden gradually over the last 15 years learning form courses and other gardens to add new features. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and piece of cake.

Garden 5...... Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate,
Brighton, BN2 5BD

This is the first year that the new centre has been able to open for the trail. Centre manager, Geoff Brown, has agreed to open up from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 29th July only, so visitors can take a look at what their donations in previous years have helped build. A member of his team will be on hand and donation buckets on display. The coffee shop will be open and visitors pay by donation too! There is a very small garden area and an amazing living roof to be seen!

Garden 6......Lavender Cottage, 7 Greenways Corner, Ovingdean BN2 7BQ

Lavender Cottage is situated on the corner of the Ovingdean road, near the church in Ovingdean. The garden is made up of four small inter-linking garden rooms with different themes. The garden is styled in the historic traditions of cottage gardens. The garden`s main strength is it`s mature herb garden. This is a good garden to see for gardeners on a budget who want plenty of ideas.

Garden 7......12 Ainsworth Av, Ovingdean

Jane Curtis's small coastal garden was begun in 2014 and is still developing. Pergola, arches and arbor strategically positioned to provide privacy and a choice of places to sit with different aspects, even a glimpse of the sea. Mixed planting, mostly new but several mature trees, incl a large walnut that creates a focal point.

Garden 8......Skyscape, 46 Ainsworth Av, Ovingdean

Lorna and John Davies will be opening their gorgeous, south facing garden, located behind an amazing newly built house with terraced views across the Downs to the sea. Enjoy home made tea and cakes with views to die for along with craft items and plants for sale.

Garden 9...... 112 Lustrells Crescent, Saltdean,

Louise Wilson gives treatments at the new Horizon Centre in Brighton and has decided to open up her newly developing, sensory garden for visitors to see again in 2017. Tea and cakes will be available too. See what treatment she will be offering at the centre here.

Garden 10...... 2 Coombe Vale, Saltdean,

Ethel Trigg and Alex Thomas's garden is quite large and hugs the bungalow. It is planted with a large variety of plants, flowers fruit trees and bushes. There is also a raised ornamental fish pond which creates quite a nice feature.

Garden 11...... 144 Rodmell Avenue, Saltdean,

Sue & Ray Warner will be opening their garden again in 2017. They have landscaped their fabulous garden in Saltdean to take on the effect of a jungle. Visitors can follow the winding path through the jungle, and take tea in the clearing or check out the tree root throne.


Garden 12......Boxworth, 21 Tor Rd, Peacehaven BN10 7SX

Gerard and Duncan open their garden this year after a years break. A developing garden with borders of annuals, perennials and summer bedding plants. Various shrubs surround a patio area and raised central bed. In the lower part of the garden through the pergola, is the growing and working area. Here you will find cordon apple trees and various other fruit bushes, raised beds, flowers for cutting including dahlias. In the greenhouse is a display of potted begonias and scented geraniums. Also come and meet the chickens. Teas, coffees and home made cakes will be available for purchase.

Garden 13...... Tor Cottage, 8 Tor Rd, Peacehaven
BN10 7SX

Julie & Ron's Tor Cottage in Peacehaven. The garden has a feeling of space with trees and shrubs around the perimiter. Seating will be in both sunshine and shade with space to relax with tea and cake and enjoy the ambience. Pots and tubs will be bursting with colour along with 2 ponds with koi carp. Look out for some new changes for 2017.

Garden 14......Pear Tree Cottage, 45 Glynn Road, Peacehaven BN10 7SH

Sue & Darren Vallier will be opening their garden for the first time this year. It's a peaceful cottage garden with attention to plants that encourage wildlife. The garden is divided into different areas, lawn with borders, a decked area with pond containing koi and gold fish, a wild life pool, vegetable plot and a shaded garden overhung by trees. There will be plenty of seating in the sun and shade, as well as some undercover. Hopefully, some plants and some artwork for sale too as well as teas, homemade cakes and scones.

Garden 15......20 Piddinghoe Av, Peacehaven BN10 8PF

Alison and Dave Standing will be opening their small but pretty cottage garden which has different seating areas. Visitors are made very welcome in a relaxing atmosphere! Teas served in the garden as well!


Garden 16......20 Newfield Rd, Newhaven,
BN9 9ND.

Carole Buchan is planning on opening her garden again this year. A fairly new established tranquil west-facing garden lushly planted with cottage garden flowers in shades of blue, grey and white.

Garden 17...... 5 Old Coastguard Cottages, Geneva Rd, Newhaven,
BN9 9ND.

Gill Weaver will be opening her beautiful coastal garden again in 2017 for these 2 dates only. Amazing garden sloping away from the house with steep steps and narrow paths.


Garden 18...... Longthatch, The Street, Rodmell

Myra Lynn will be opening her beautiful cottage garden in the centre of the village . A peaceful oasis with lots of places to sit and enjoy the garden while eating tea and cake!

Garden 19...... Little Acre, Swanborough Drove, Swanborough

Pam & Michael Parrish will be opening their beautiful lawned garden with extensive views out across the South Downs. A haven for wildlife with a meadow at the bottom of the garden. Lovely beds close to the house! Enjoy tea and cakes with the gorgeous views! Judi Miles will be selling her home-made jams and marmalades in aid of Macmillan too!


Garden 20...... Driftwood 4 Marine Drive Bishopstone
BN25 2RS

Our patron Christine Walkden was at Driftwood for the opening of the trail in 2015.

Geoff Stonebanks's garden, Driftwood , featured on BBC Gardeners' World last Autumn, was a finalist in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Garden of the Year 2016 and was seen on Good Morning Britain in 2014 and was listed as one of the top 25 gardens to see in Sussex in a list published by Sussex Life last year. You can also read many reviews of the garden on TripAdvisor. It has also won several national awards and featured in many national and local papers and magazines.

Visitors can enjoy tea on the beach garden or amongst the sumptuous planting in the back garden. Winner Best Small Garden in UK 2012 and owner of coveted Daily Mail National Competition blue plaque. Check out the Driftwood monthly updates in the national gardening magazine, Garden News.

Garden 21......Seaford Community Garden, Seaford

A community garden open to all, run by volunteers with flowers, fruit, vegetables and a wildlife pond. Lots of plants for sale! Their mission statement is to creatively develop a garden that will empower and develop the participants leading to a significant improvement in the quality of life for the wider community. Click HERE for their web site.

Garden 22...... Lavender Cottage, Seaford BN25 1QH

Steve and Christina are opening their flint walled front garden with cottage, coastal and kitchen gardens and plenty of places to enjoy a cream tea. The back garden has terraced bank planted up with trees, shrubs and lavenders. Climb the steps up to the balcony and enjoy the iconic view of Seaford Head. All the rockeries and gardens contain varied planting at different times of the year. Enjoy a cream tea around the pond.

Garden 23...... 27 Alfriston Park, Seaford BN25 3LS

Sally Attrell is opening her delightful garden for the 2017 trail,and will be serving home made tea and cakes too.

Garden 24...... Cupani garden, 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford BN25 3LL

A green and tranquil haven with a delightful mix of trees, shrubs and perennial borders in different themed blocks. Courtyard garden, gazebo, summer house, water features, swet pea arches and huge range of plants in all seasons. Plenty of places in sun or shade, to sit and enjoy delicious afternoon tea. Check out their garden website here

All the monies raised from entrance fees to the gardens, monies raised by selling raffle tickets, along with the proceeds from the sales of teas and coffees will go towards maintaining and operating the new Cancer Support Centre in Brighton. Any stalls operated in the gardens will donate a percentage of their proceeds to the charity as well.

Please contact Geoff Stonebanks, the organiser or Thomas Lay at Macmillan, for more information on the event.