Last updated 1st March 2019
Over £14,000 raised to date for local charities.
The 2019 trail will take place on Sunday the 9th June.

£7 per person to see all gardens on the trail.

PLEASE CONTACT Geoff Stonebanks if you would like your garden to be part of the 2019 trail.

2019 will be the eigth year that a Mayor's Open Garden event has taken place in Seaford. There were 2 just gardens open for the first event in 2011 and then Geoff set up a trail of 5 in 2012 due to the success of the original event. Income from the trails has now totalled over £14000. Since 2012, the Town Council now support the event each year and the Mayor of Seaford has the option to choose to raise money for their nominated local charities each year through the trail, failing that, the Town Council nominate a local charity.

The Mayor for the mayoral year 2019/2020 will be elected in May 2019 and details of their nominated charities will be posted once known.

Full details of the June 2018 event can be seen HERE along with the gardens that opened.

The 2019 gardens will be listed as they sign up.

1. Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, Bishopstone, BN25 2RS
Geoff Stonebanks's garden, Driftwood , featured on BBC Gardeners' World in September 2016. It was a finalist in the Gardeners' World Magazine Garden of the Year Award 2016 too. In 2014 it was seen on Good Morning Britain . 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. In 2015, TV gardener, Christine Walkden visited.

It has also featured in the Sunday Telegraph in 2015, Mail On Sunday and Sussex Life in 2013 and was winner of Garden News Best Small Garden and finalist in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition both in 2012. As usual, visitors can see the beach garden with jetty, complete with small rowing dinghy, coastal groynes and lobster pots.There will be tables and chairs set out for visitors to enjoy their tea and cake with views of the sea or at the back in amongst the sumptuous planting. Geoff writes a monthly piece in Garden News magazine and you can read them all here. A monthly blog is also written for Garden Media Guild's award winning garden website, Richard Jackson's Garden.

2. 36 Kedale Road, BN25 2BU

After last opening in 2015, Clare Mayers has decided to open her delightful garden again in conjunction with The Sussex Wildlife Trust. In Clare's words she says it involves trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, a wildlife pond, several seating areas and a Buddha, amongst other things! We would say it is a wonderful and tranquil haven, full of colour from flowers, vegetables and fruit! A must see on the trail!

3. 71 Firle Road, Seaford, BN25 2JA

Landscaped in classical Italianate style, Roman Vane's garden is terraced from the back of the house and three small ponds lead to a folly. A gently inclined semi-circular lawn edged with herbaceous borders drops down to a wild area featuring mature silver birches, with chickens in a run on one side and vegetables, grown from seed in a large greenhouse, in raised beds on the other. Tea and cake served in the garden and art studio open for visitors to peruse!

4. Seaford Community Garden, Crouch Gardens, East St.

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.

5. "Burford", Cuckmere Road, BN25 4DE

Chris Kilsby has very kindly offered to open up his garden again for the trail, having first opened for Seaford in Bloom in 2013. He describes his garden as having a symmetrical layout with well defined beds that each have a week or two of glory. The beds are not expected to look good the whole time, simple topiary and hedging provide interest when perennials are not in season. The plants used are traditional with plenty of box, roses, lavender and yew.

6. 27 Alfriston Park, Seaford BN25 3LS

Sally Attrell is opening her delightful garden for the 2019 trail. A small oasis on the edge of Seaford. With different levels and a tranquil Koi pond to sit and reflect by. A haven for birds and humans. 6 years in the making and delicious tea and cake served on vintage china.

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