Limited Edition Gardens
by Geoff Stonebanks
Geoff Stonebanks tells us about the National Garden Scheme private gardens opening by arrangement, especially for you.
Whether you are a bunch of enthusiastic gardeners, a photography or art club looking for inspiration, or just a group of friends, you can enjoy a warm and personal welcome with an exclusive visit to one of our 40 stunning gardens opening by arrangement. Simply look up the contact details on the National Garden Scheme website then call to arrange a mutually convenient time and date!
Highlighted here are six brand-new gardens joining the scheme in 2019.
69 Firle Road, Seaford, BN25 2JA
1st April to 30th September
A large cottage garden with three levels of lawns, punctured by int walls, ower beds, raised vegetable beds and a woodland area, all connected by hidden twisting paths around three shady ponds, leading to a surprise Tai Chi Temple.
- Call 07763 196343
8 Tor Road, Peacehaven, BN10 7SX
1st May to 31st August
A large peaceful and mature garden, surrounding a 100- year old bungalow, filled with trees, shrubs, koi pond, art studio with paintings, mosaics and model ships. Areas of sun and shade with rockeries, a vegetable garden, desert area with agaves and succulents, plus a small collection of banana plants.
- Call 01273 582598
21 Tor Road, Peacehaven BN10 7SX
1st to 31st August
A new seaside garden, packed full of ideas, interesting plants, a perennial border, cutting garden, dahlias, shaded area with ferns and hostas. A large collection of hanging baskets and containers. See displays in the greenhouse and oral art in the summerhouse. Distant sea views from the terrace.
- Call 07719 318452
The Garden House
Burnt Oak Road, Burnt Oak, Crowborough, TN6 3SD
1st June to 30th September
A three-acre garden, set in rural countryside divided into different rooms. See fun topiary, a wildflower meadow, a white courtyard and formal rose garden plus feature flower beds and a rhododendron walk. Mature trees, hedges and clever sculptures makes for some interesting surprises.
- Call 01892 654301
Holford Manor Lane, North Chailey, Lewes BN8 4DU
1st May to 30th September
A five-acre garden for all seasons, surrounding a 16th century Manor with far reaching views over the ha-ha to open fields with rare breed sheep and geese. Designed and laid out by the current owners with extensive herbaceous borders, iris beds, and formal parterre rose garden.
- Call 01444 471714
3 Whitemans Close
Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, RH17 5DE
1st June to 31st July
A new garden recently planted with some very special perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. The enthusiastic, plantaholic owner has packed every square inch with real gems and will explain her planting ideas. To be seen only in conjunction with 5 Whitemans Close.
- Call 01444 473520 to arrange to see both gardens.
Holford Manor photo: Leigh Clapp