Over the last decade, much has happened, giving cause to celebrate in our 10th year at Driftwood. Exciting things, from 3 national garden competition successes, several appearances on national television, receipt of amazing community awards, writing for national gardening magazines and web sites through to amazing invitations to Buckingham Palace. Read all about them below.
Back in 2009, when I first agreed to open the garden for Seaford In Bloom did I ever consider the incredible impact it would have on me and the garden. Little did I know I'd opened the flood gates to over 17000 visitors over the years that followed. More importantly, I had absolutely no idea we would raise over £100,000 for various charities nor anticipate the strong relationship that has developed with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Read on and see how the story has unfolded.
Below are 3 shots of the garden in 2009 when we opened for the very first time.
How different it looks 10 years on with these three pictures below taken at roughly the same point in the Summer of 2017.
Over that 10 year period, nothing would have been possible without the undying support of a team of willing volunteers who have given up many hours of their own valuable time to help open the garden. Below those that helped in 2017 at the end of season thank you tea party.
Pictured, left to right, standing: Geoff Stonebanks, Linda Wallraven, Liz Holland, Celia Hughes, Mark Glassman, seated, Wendy Everest, Michele Findlay, Rosa Botterill, Helen Roberts and Diane Marquess.
Other helpers not pictured, Clare Mayers, Alan Clayton, Barbara Stonebanks, Edna Bradbury, Richard Walsh, June Jaundoo, Martha Sparkes, Amanda Haines and Melanie Shaw.In the sections below, click on all logos to reveal more information.
I certainly had not envisaged cooking and serving over 7000 portions of cake to sell to visitors, all on vintage china in the garden.
During that time the garden has appeared on both ITV and the BBC as well as local Latest Tv.
Over the 10 years Geoff has been extremely fortunate to have been recognised for the charity fundraising, almost £100,000. His services to the community being acknowledged in 2018 with 2 visits to Buckingham Palace.
Driftwood Garden has been fortunate to have won and become a finalist in 3 national garden competitions in both 2012 and 2016.
The garden has featured/mentioned in many national newspapers and magazines, as well as a French gardening magazine. Here is a selection below.
Geoff writes monthly articles for Richard Jacksons Garden website, Garden News Magazine, a weekly diary for The Argus newspaper, frequent blogs for Thompson & Morgan and other gardening organisations.
In June 2017 Driftwood Garden was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor due to it's many excellent reviews.
The garden was also listed on the following two garden websites and opens regularly for the National Garden Scheme, pretty amazing.
Come and visit in 2018 and help us celebrate out 10th birthday!