"A coastal garden full of innovative planting and original artworks serving delicious tea and cake. Geoff’s baking is almost as big a draw as his inventive plantsmanship."
Alex Reece, Coast Magazine August 2017

"We've been across Britain looking at inspiring planting and design and this week are at Driftwood in East Sussex, a small garden by the sea that's full of character."
Monty Don in his introduction to feature on BBC Gardeners' World.

"Thanks so much for today. I really enjoyed meeting you and seeing your fabulous garden. I knew, from what I'd read and been told, that it would be a real gem, but it was even better than I'd expected, packed with colour, interest, and charm. There was something to enjoy at every turn, and I genuinely loved it."
Richard Jackson of Richard Jackson's Garden.

"Your entry was always a real stand-out and genuinely was knocking on the door for the top prize all the way."
Lucy Hall, Editor Gardeners' World Magazine.

Read below a selection of comments by visitors, competition judges and journalists, from all events, written about the garden, taken from social media and the garden visitors' book since 2009.

Read the latest comments by visitors posted on TripAdvisor via the links in top left box.

If you have visited the garden and want to leave a comment, please write your own review on the right.


Feedback on my appearance on BBC Gardeners' World on 22nd March

"You are the only expert on your own garden. So true. A treat to see the garden on GW."
@Concraigsmith on X

"Congratulations ! Your garden looks wonderfull in Gardeners World. We have been watching in Belgium!"
Magda Van Meensel on Facebook

"Saw it last night. Well done, although I think you were a bit hard on yourself. You clearly have a great deal of knowledge about plants and effectively you are a scientist, experimenting on what will grow and how to do it!"
Mark Findlay on Facebook

"Great to see Driftwood on GW tonight, keep up the great work Geoff! If youÕve not been, make sure you visit the garden this summer - itÕs glorious."
Rona Hunnisett on X

"Geoff at Driftwood who has a beautiful garden, open to the public folks. So knowledgeable about plants."
@tartancraft2 on X

"A great piece Geoff; the garden looked fabulous. Watched on the news too. I loved how Monty agreed with everything you said too."
@SarahLouisaColl on X

"Geoff - you were utterly brilliant on tonightÕs GW and your garden looked wonderful."
@columbinehall on X

"Good Morning, caught up with GW last night, adore your garden and your thinking in relation to plants you buy. Wish I was closer to come and visit."
@nosecretreally on X

"Just plain old truth. You work very hard and give good advice. Your garden gives a lot of pleasure to many people."
@Victori53214701 on X

"A treat indeed to see your garden. We were presented by you with really good tips ad advice. A pleasure to watch Geoff."
strawberryartstudio on Instagram

"Just seen you and your garden on Gardeners' World. Fantastic. And so true about letting the plant decide where to grow! Very inspiring."
Christina Kirby on X

"Wow Geoff, what a fantastic garden you have, was so good to watch you on GW tonight. I've been looking forward to this since you posted about it last year!!."
sievehewadsarah on Garden Tags

"Just watched you on Gardeners' World in your fabulous garden. So looking forward to visiting this year."
janwebb52 on Instagram

"It was wonderful. Thank you for your down to earth (forgive the pun) attitude to gardening."
moysdawn on Threads

"Just watched your piece on catch up, very inspirational and I will also be taking cuttings off my fuchsia this year!."
happygardener99 on Garden Tags

"You looked very relaxed on screen...loved the fact that you mentioned being control freak... not last your charm... lol... enjoyed your garden too...must visit sometime."
Andy Harney on Facebook

"It was great to see you and your wonderful garden on Gardeners World last night Geoff."
@C_Singlehurst on X

"Can I have your autograph? You are such a natural Geoff, watch out Monty!! Xx."
Chloe Prescott on Facebook

Feedback garden talk in Plumpton on 20th February

"Just to say thank you for a most enjoyable evening! All our members said how they thoroughly enjoyed it! Hopefully, we shall come and see "Driftwood" in the flesh and enjoy some tea and homemade cake! Thank you once again."
Jo Hale, Programme Secretary


Feedback on Twitter 11th August 2023

Feedback from garden visitors 9th August 2023

"Thank you for the photo Geoff. ItÕs actually one of the better pictures of us, must be because we were so relaxed. The garden was lovely and we enjoyed it so much and IÕm now mulling over several ideas for my own garden including getting the iron bedstead ends down from the attic and into the garden. Charleston in the afternoon was also very interesting and the garden was also lovely though not on the same register as yours. Altogether a very good day for us. Enjoy your time off now until you reopen next year and if we come this way again we will be sure to visit!"
Carolyn Long.

Feedback from garden visitors 7th August 2023

"Wow! What an amazing garden. Absolutely loved it!"
The Collyers.

"I am inspired! Truly wonderful garden (and cake)."
Yorvik and Don.

"Fab gardens, thank you for sharing!."
Paul & Paula Beckett.

Feedback from garden visitors 28/7 & 1/8 2023

"Another visit to Geoff's amazing garden, with fresh updates and super refreshments."
Neil, Wendy & Gerry.

"Love the paths that lead you through from one room to another. Stunning plants and structure."
Deb Ruse & Elaine Lake.

Feedback from garden visitors in the rain: 22nd July 2023

"Thank you, we all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed your amazing, quirky, garden. On top of that to have "proper" tea in your summer house, well it just took the visit to another level, the cakes were sublime. And.. The rain held off for us. Win win. I will be back, so satisfying to actually have been to see you. Thanks form us all!"
Mary Hindle.

Feedback from organiser of Lindfield Committee visit: 19th July 2023

"It was lovely to meet you and spend some downtime in your interesting garden with our hardworking committee. Loved everything, the talk, the planting, the novelties, the crafts, the scrumptious cakes and a decent Yorkshire brew. Three of us ladies rounded off a lovely afternoon with a long walk along the seafront. All in all a perfect day. Many thanks for your hospitality."
Group Organiser.

Garden Visitors: 19th July 2023

"What a fantastic morning in a wonderful patch, spent more time here than at Chelsea! Thanks."
Tony Cox & Wendy Birt.

"A host of delightful surprises around every corner. PERFECT!
Heather Hitchcock.

"Just fab! Everywhere you look is something amazing!"
Lynn, Heather and Sally.

Hastings & Rother U3A Garden Appreciation Society: 18th July 2023

"Thank you for sharing your amazing garden with us and telling us a bit about how you created it. We all enjoyed it tremendously and were very impressed to hear how you transformed an ordinary patch of lawn into such a gloriously artful garden."
Ginny Novella-Edwards.

Garden visitors 14th July 2023

"A pleasure to see you again, and an enormous treat to share the garden with you today. It really is such a special place, and the care you take with it all just hits you in the eye wherever you look. It is truly quite beautiful and a privilege to be able to visit. Thank you."
Pam & Peter Miles.

"Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous garden with us today, and Honey. Totally in awe of your creativity.... and your cakes! Great to meet you both....until the next time."
Lesley McDonald: Suffolk.

Garden visitors 11th July 2023

"What a fabulous garden to visit. We really enjoyed the quirkiness, plants and your friendliness. The tea and cake were lovely too."
Jeanette Lindley, Lancashire.

Lovely review on Google. 6th July 2023

Amazing review on facebook from a recent visitor to the garden, they came twice in June.

Garden visitors 30th June 2023

"Charming journey of exploration through a series of garden rooms."
Delia Patcham.

"Aw Geoff, we had a super time. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Your garden is always a joy and continues to grow in stature and inspiration. Have a great Summer."
Jacqui Rush.

"What a wonderful place to live, beautiful garden."
Kathi, Chris, Debs and Mam

"Wonderful, magical and what an inspiration. Very talented!"
David & Stephanie, Spalding, Lincs.

Garden visitors 23rd June 2023

"Magical and inspiring garden. Enchanting 2nd visit, still want to visit again."
Catherine and Chris.

"Another lovely visit. Enjoyed the new settings. Thank you Geoff for your company and cake!"
Maureen and Debbie.

Saltdean Gardening Club visit 20th June 2023

"Just beautiful! And inspiring."
Diana Tolhurst.

"It's hard to believe how much you've packed into your lovely garden."
Claire Black.

"Amazing garden! Lots of great ideas for me to think about."
Kim Priggen.

"Fabulous garden!"
Kas Mener

"Just got back from Driftwood Garden, had a lovely evening , Geoff was an excellent host, cake was lovely and took some fab pictures, if you havenÕt been you must go."
Bev Sheehy on facebook

Garden visitors 16th/17th June 2023

"Fabulous! Inspiring! 2nd visit. Very well done and thank you for having us!"
Sarinder & Ann Singh, Edinburgh & Victoria Singh, London.

"A magnificent and inspirational garden. We will go home with many new ideas!"
Christine & Tim Applewhite.

"A very interesting garden. Very pretty"
David Bailey.

"On behalf of the members of our group who visited Driftwood, we would like to thank you hugely for a very pleasant time. The garden is so unique and interesting and I am sure we have taken away ideas for our own gardens. I hope you will raise a good sum over the summer for Macmillan."
Penny Beeby, Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A Photography Group

Crawley Down WI 14th June 2023

"One man's vision, completely unique and perfect for the Sussex coast."

"Thank you Geoff for making us so welcome this afternoon. Cakes were delicious. Hope to see you next year and good luck for the rest of this year."
Linda Furzer.

Garden visitors 10th June 2023

"Outstanding garden and artwork. A truly inspirational haven. Thank you for the opportunity to share this amazing sanctuary."
Evelyn Crowe, Oxford.

"Visually stunning, every inch captivating, lost for words, thank you Geoff."
Catherine, Bexhill on Sea.

"My 3rd visit and even more to see. Such a beautiful garden everywhere you turn, well done for all the accolades you have!"
Lynne from Eastbourne.

Uckfield Garden Group 9th June 2023

"Thank you Geoff, for a fabulous treat, wonderful garden and delicious cakes. Your ladies helping you were a delight too. Xx"
Helen Cowen.

"Thank you for having us - what a wonderful treat. Such a great garden, inspiring to all of us x."
Annie Aplock.

Garden Visitors 7th June 2023

"Fabulous garden on a beautiful day. Lot sof water features. xxxx"
Kim Stirling, Billericay.

"A combination of marvellous plants/planting and quirky art and super cake."
Hans & Ingrid Sethi.

"We love Hector. Love the eclectic mix of fun, quirky, beautiful art and artefacts - horse, cow, faces, birds, seagulls - constant surprises, Susie the rose and tasty cappucinno cake."
Susie and Sue.

Garden Visitors 6th June 2023

"Enchanting, will definitely be making a return visit. Drought resistant especially interesting. Thank you Geoff."
Jenny & Dave Grace, East Grinstead.

"Fabulous! Chester though is the real star of the show!"
Dr Sabina & Trevor Berkeley. Scotland.

"Wonderful to see the new areas - lovely garden as always!"
Sue Thomas.

Garden Visitors 4th June 2023

"Thank you Geoff for sharing your beautiful garden with us. There is so much to see! I love your creativity, truly inspiring."
Kathy Harding.

"Must have taken hours of work! Fantastic."
Neil Harding.

Feedback in post from tour guide of group visit on 2nd June.

Feedback from a group visit on 27th May from Talbot County Garden Club from Maryland USA.

"Wonderful visit to Driftwood Gardens with Geoff Stonebanks. Delicious cakes, warm hospitality and a garden with lots of personality. Thank you Geoff."
C Colston Burrell.

Group Visit from San Francisco: 21st May 2023

"Whimsical and artistic! Love the combination."
Devon Gaster.

"Very special place. The thought of placement to find something in between a plant! Love the surprises!"
Renee Laidlaw.

"Thanks for opening all these windows to creativity. Ideas and delights galore."
Patsy Ronat.

Lovely card received in the post from the organiser, Gillian.


Following a garden talk in Uckfield after projector broke down just before meeting: November 2022

"Great talk last night and nobody asked for their money back! You were presented with a lemon but you didn't make lemonade with it, you gave us gin and tonic. Will be in touch at some point about a visit to Driftwood. I think Annie, our Chair, has a date in mind. All the best."
Julie Eiloart: 10th November 2022

Private, by appointment visits: September 2022

"A truly beautiful garden. A peaceful place."
Claire and Karen: 2nd September

Private, by appointment visits: August 2022

"Un jardin fantistico, Muy bonito."
Richard & Doug: 30th August

"Lovely to come back and experience the magic again! Wonderful cake too. Thank you Geoff!"
Christine and Paul: 28th August

"Incredible! Everywhere you look there is something to make you smile. Quirky and a joy!"
Judith & Anne: 28th August

"We had a lovely afternoon in your beautiful garden- such a source of inspiration. So lovely to just wander around and sit and enjoy the tea and delicious cake."
Debbie Pryor: 26th August

"Our 5th visit this year, always an inspiration, and tea and cappucinno cake - irresistable!"
Lois & John Starley: 26th August

"Beautiful, relaxing and wonderful. Such a joy to be back!"
Pam, Marian, Zoe & Audrey: 18th August

"A really fascinating garden, will be back."
Rosalind Sawyers: 16th August

"Enjoyed the visit very much. Lots of food for thought. Lovely cake!"
Rosalind Sawyers: 16th August

"What an amazing garden and highly entertaining host! Many thanks. PS Lovely cakes too!"
Claire, Sandra, Sue, Lynne & Angela: 13th August

"So peaceful! Beautiful flowers and artwork."
Dee Rivers & Sue Choi: 10th August

"We had a lovely time, inspired now to add more things to my garden up north! Cake was amazing! Very inspiring, love the quirky elements"
Julie Fisher, Chorley, in book and on facebook: 10th August

"Garden with so many interesting features."
Fleur and Margaret: 9th August

"Thank you, a beautiful garden."
Ann Luxford: 7th August

"Beautiful garden."
Rosey McGill: 7th August

"Wow! A trumph of imagination. Stunning"
Cathy & Philip Davies: 5th August

"Absolutely stunning! A riot of colour and design!"
Lorraine Stanbridge: 4th August

"Lovely to be back. Such a delightful, tranquil place and a surprise around every corner."
Brenda Mathias: 4th August

Private, by appointment National Garden Scheme visit: 28th July 2022

"Such a lot to see, so colourful. well done!"
Rosemary Storey.

"A wonderful and unique experience."
Josie and the Church gang.

"A beautiful, eclectic mix of beauty, fantastic riot of colour."
Pam & Russ Taylor, Israel/Eastbourne.

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 23rd & 24th July

"3rd vist! Stunning!"
Cathy Jarvis.

"Fantastic as always. So inspirational, thank you!"
Pam & Pete Miles

"So lovely."
Margaret Perry.

"Absolutely brilliant! Amazing!"

"Chris & marie Priest"

"A joy as ever.Thank you Geoff, and marvellous humour!"
Pauline and Bob Turner.

"Simply gorgeous! Our 2nd visit and certainly won't be our last! Huge thanks!"
Liz & Doug Henty.

"Beautiful and inspiring as always!"
Ruth & Freya Whitelaw.

"We always love this garden."
Judy & Simon Spector.

"Amazing garden."
Jackie Paul.

"I always love this garden.!"
Nicola Perkins.

Felbridge Horticultural Society visit: 20th July 2022

"Never ending pleasure, thank you."
Jean Sorrell.

"Wonderful place to visit."
G Simmonds.

Private, by appointment visits: July 2022

"A little piece of heaven on earth."
Alison Bovey: 29th July.

"Fab! Quirky! Made with love."
Paul Calver: 29th July.

"What an inspiring work of art! I will take lots of ideas home with me. Thank Geoff."
Roy and Sally Proctor: 27th July.

"Very pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing. Good cake! Well done with all the fundraising!"
Vanessa Poynter: 29th July.

"Such a beautiful and fascinating oasis, enchanting!"
Malcolm & Judy Batchelor: 26th July.

"Wonderful - truly inspirational."
Julia and Ian Hughes: 25th July.

"An inspiration!"
Jenny and Caroline: 25th July.

"Beautiful, inspiring and quirky, I just love it. So glad we visited."
Fiona and John Price: 21st July.

"A little piece of heaven! Congratulations on all you have achieved."
Karen & Peter: 14th July.

"Magnificent as usual. I was very pleased to see the patio and succulents!"
Naomi Hill: 14th July.

"Fabulous garden, given us lots of ideas, very inspirational. Great cakes!"
Karen & Dave: 13th July.

"A truly magical place. Wonderful lunch. Such a peaceful atmosphere."
Vanessa, Denise, Sue, Monty and Eddie: 12th July.

"I took advantage of the lovely weather today and went to visit Driftwood, what an amazing garden! Such an inspiration, amazing cake, and all the money goes to charity. Definitely worth a visit."
Bishy Gardens on Twitter: 9th July.

"Just as fantastic on our 4th visit as our first! Thanks for making us so welcome Geoff xxx"
Shirley Gilbert: 9th July.

"Thank you for a guided tour round your beautiful garden Geoff, it looks amazing as always! You work so hard we both really enjoyed coming and sampling the raspberry almond cake too! Highly recommend visiting."
Sue Thomas: 7th July.

"Enchanting! It's a revelation and very unexpected. Keep up the great work."
Sue and Peter from Yorkshire: 5th July.

"What a perfect day we have had in this beautiful garden. I hadn't visited Driftwood for several years, not realizing I could come on a pre-arranged date in addition to the open days, and what a treat was awaiting us. Even more stunning than I remember with lots of new additions making it one of the best small gardens in the whole of England. Many thanks also to Geoff for the delicious homemade cake and coffee. We will be back!!!"
Lynette James: 5th July.

Private, by appointment visits on Father's Day: 19th June 2022

"Wow! Fantastic experience- inspirational, thank you!"
The Millers & The Wallers.

"Wow, amazing space. Lots of inspiration, we'll be back!"
The King family.

"Thank you Geoff, a creative and inspiring experience, full of personality. Lovely"
Freddie Cottingham & family.

Private, by appointment visits: June 2022

"Wonderful and more than we had expected."
Angie & Tom: 28th June.

"It was such a pleasure to meet you and see your wonderful garden this week. Mum absolutely loved the rear garden and has not stopped talking about the day ever since! Thanks for talking to us about your journey with Driftwood and taking such good care of us during our visit, it really was special."
Tim & Beryl: 25th June.

"Wonderful, quirky, imaginative garden giving lots of inspiration!"
June Aggerman: 25th June.

"Loved the garden, lots of ideas."
Beryl Medina: 25th June.

"Great what you have accomplished. We will certainly copy some of your ideas. Best wishes for your future."
Gill & Michael: 24th June.

"Superb! Great gardening ideas!"
Mike Walling: 24th June.

"A wonderful and beautiful mix of plants and statuary."
Sue & Terry King: 23rd June.

"A wonderful garden and a lovely experience."
Anne Chalcroft: 21st June.

"Loved it!"
Lynne Boardman: 21st June.

"A free expression of a garden, no rules, just enjoyment. So peaceful"
The Rees family: 18th June.

"Wonderful revisit to GeoffÕs inspiring garden yesterday! The new patio area is just stunning! We loved it. A work of art and a real credit to Geoff's imagination and hard work put in by all those involved. The garden never ceases to amaze us and itÕs the most relaxing way to spend an hour or so wandering round the spaces and absorbing the artistry! Happy to see that Hector was still there. Yesterday made it more special as we were very lucky to have the garden to ourselves for the whole visit ! Thank you Geoff, it was lovely to see you and your garden again and to enjoy tea and cake in such a tranquil setting!"
Malcolm & Monika, Uckfield: 15th June.

"Each time I see your beautiful garden it's better and more fascinating! Magic!"
Dorit Oliver Woolf BEM: 13th June.

"Inspiring and interesting garden. So many lovely things to see. knowledgeable host, very friendly, amazing cake! Many ideas will be taken home to recreate! Thank you!"
Debbie Mills: 12th June.

"Wonderful garden that touched our hearts and great cake too!"
Sally & Stephanie: 12th June.

"We had the most wonderful time, with lots of fun, excellent tea and cakes and the amazing Geoff Stonebanks as our host. Perfection. We will be back next year for our annual outing. Thank you again Geoff."
Michelham Priory Volunteers, June Jaundoo: 10th June.

"Another fabulous afternoon in your secret gardens Geoff. It gets better every year if that's possible. Thank you for being the perfect host and spoiling us with tea and delicious cakes. We'll definitely be back."
Michelham Priory Volunteers, Janet Walker: 10th June.

Private, by appointment visits for National Garden Scheme: June/July 2022

"Fabulous tour and a delightful garden, followed by delicious cake and coffee. Thank you!"
Nicki & Denise, Hove & Seaford, 9th June.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend: 2nd to 5th June 2022

"We love coming to see your beautiful garden. There is always something new to see and appreciate. Thank you"
Lorraine and Howard

"At last! Made it. Loved it! Inspired."
Colin & Lynette Chapman

"Our first visit, wonderful, first of many we think"
Pat & Bill Reed

Gary & Sylvie Harwood

"Surprising what you have managed to pack in here. Looks good."
Denis & Valerie

"A breath of fresh air. A real achievement of design. We will be back!"
Richard Job & Veronica Street.

Burgess Hill Flower Club: 1st June 2022

"Most delightful garden - very relaxing and tea and cakes a bonus!"
Maureen & Ken Peirce

"Thank you for a lovely afternoon, what an interesting and wonderful garden."
Judith & Peter Alexander

"A lovely afternoon spent in an interesting and unusual garden thank you"
Linda Little

"Thank you for the photos and for a lovely afternoon. We were all very impressed with your garden and the plants you are growing in such challenging conditions. The tea and cake were delicious too and we were so lucky to avoid the showers which we had on the way home. "
Stephanie Robinson


Feedback from a group visit on 20th July, received 8th September.

National Garden Scheme: 1st August 2021

"Our 4th visit this year- another delightful viewing, already looking forward to 2022"
Lois & John

"Wonderful - most inspiring, great owner too!"
Juliet & Ash

"First visit - been on the bucket list for years and not disappointed. Well worth the wait, full of inspiring ideas and engaging scenes. An absolute delight."
Steve & Pauline Carroll

"Wonderful - a true inspiration for any gardener."
Lesley, Richard & Sarah

Baskervilles Garden Group Visit 28th July

Macmillan Garden Trail: 25th July 2021

Lovely feedback via email from one visitor to the trail on Sunday 25th in the rain.

"It was great to meet you yesterday and I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for all your hard work in organising the garden tour. I came away inspired and delighted by all the beautiful gardens I saw and thought it was a very cool crowd. I'm already looking forward to next year. And your Vicky sponge was the best (not forgetting your garden obviously)."
Pete Gillman

Macmillan Garden Trail: 24th July 2021

"Thank you Geoff for a very inspiring visit and for the chat and tips, not to mention the gorgeous cake! Very inspired by your vision with using structures big and small. The way you blend and mix flowers and shrubs and trees in unconventional ways has given us the push to be braver in our own choices. Lovely day out"
Mickey Silverstein: Brighton

"Geoff, we thoroughly enjoyed our day and were bowled over by the standard of the gardens but especially yours. Thank you so much and long may you continue to do what you do!! Love Joanna Jackman and Elizabeth Liz Henty"
Joanna Jackman: Hampshire

"So inspirational. Thank you for making us so welcome"
Margaret & Ken Howland

"Thanks for the treasure".
The Levy-Khan Family

"Beautiful as ever, love seeing the progression online."
Jan & Audrey: Brighton

"Beautiful - so many inspiring ideas!"
Sarah Mitchener

"Lovely to meet you Geoff and to see your fabulous garden this afternoon! How wonderful all the charity work that you do and lovely to find out you knew my dear plantswoman mother before!"
Julia Marsden: Instagram

Private Visit: 21st July 2021

"Brilliant, inspired, marvellous, eclectic space. ....... and scrumptious homemade cake, thank you"
Jackie Johnson

Private Visit: 14th July 2021

"Thank you so much for your hospitality on Wednesday, Richard and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and it was so lovely to see you again. Your garden is amazing, delights around every corner and we loved the planting. Your lime polenta cake was absolutely delicious too. We will think of our visit every time we see our lovely garden ornaments that we came home with."
Elna Broe, Guildford

National Garden Scheme: 13th July 2021

"Thank you so much for sharing your wonderfully inspiring garden and also for the gorgeous cake and coffee. We would love to come again to see your amazing garden and spend time hearing your laughter and hospitable interaction with enthused visitors. You are truly amazing!"
Diane Meik

"As a local, I had looked forward, finally, to seeing this very special garden"
Monica Darnborough

"Wonderful and fully up to expectation".
Jan Bennett, West Sussex

"Fabulous garden, amazing cake!"
Lorraine & Brian O'Neill

"Our third visit this year to the paradise garden. We have already booked the 4th visit!"
Lois & John Starley

Private Visit: 1st July 2021

"We had a fab time. The garden sparkled with colour, and we enjoyed hearing all about how it was created. Bonuses were the lovely cake, seeing the blimp fly over and being lucky with perfect weather. Thank You Geoff."
Gillian Perry

National Garden Scheme: 29th June 2021

"We loved our visit and came away full of ideas from your inspirational garden. The clever planting, twisting paths and steps with surprises around every corner, lots of places to sit. We especially liked your description of Auntie Margarets lilies!! It was great meeting you again, we liked your way of engaging with your visitors."
Carole and Bob Farmer, East Grinstead

"I absolutely loved my visit to your wonderful garden today, it is definitely my kind of garden with all its quirky features. You have created something wonderful and I will definitely be visiting again and your gluten free cake was delicious. I am a cake and vintage china fan and have my own collection of china (dreams of a vintage tea shop before I had high cloresterol from eating too much cake. Thank you for a lovely visit and will look forward to the next time".
Debbie Lapham, Surrey

"Spectacular as always!"
Simon Spector, Eastbourne

"Thank you for a blissful afternoon, totally magical."
Charlotte Waite

"Wonderful as always."
Pam & Pete, Haywards Heath

"Excellent with inspirational ideas"
Penny & Derek

Jenny Barker on Twitter after visiting

Comment on Facebook: 27th June

Private Visits: 20th June 2021

"Wow! Unbelieveable! Fabulous! Fascinating!"
Rosie Leek, Cirencester

"Fab! Inspiring!"
Jane Green, Canterbury

"What an amazing hidden garden, with delicious refreshments!"
Valerie Narriani, Tunbridge Wells

Comment on Twitter: 1st June

Private visit on 27th May

"A magnificent creation Geoff. Well done!"
Heather & Tony lee, Sutton Coldfield.

Comments from social media: May 2021

"Don't see it as a "garden" more a work of art. Well done Geoff, you work so hard."
Janet White, Facebook

Comment from Driftwood Garden You Tube Channel in March 2021

"I have watched many of the Driftwood Garden shows tonight. Love your gardening style. I kept wanting to peak around the corners for what was next! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens."
Cathy Talaske.


In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the garden was closed all summer. Several virtual tours of the garden were produced and circulated and some lovely comments came back from those that had viewed it, along with a short film on ITV Meridian News.
Comments from social media: June 2020

"Just love everything about your beautiful garden and would love to replicate lots of your plantings! Some of your plants will grow in Australia in summer but will only look good for a few days before the climate takes over!!! I know your growing season is short but WOW you really are able to pack some real garden beauty into that time!"
Sandra Hastings NSW Australia.

"Thank you. We have the most wonderful memories of visiting your garden and your gracious hospitality."
Mary-Jane Rish Philadelphia USA seeing a repost of a July 4th 2016 visit.

ITV Meridian news broadcast 26th May 2020

"Finally watched this with Bob. Great interview! And we were there, egging her on when Irene said those words about the front garden! Feeling very proud to be part of the garden's history"
Lia Mackinlay

"Beautiful!! So green and lush, being in Arizona USA I really appreciate seeing beautiful gardens that aren't dessert (it's a different kind of beautiful)"
Kelly, from USA

"I enjoyed that, your garden was looking great , well done all"
Mairead Harkin, Dublin

"Totally terrific. I think it might be my fave Driftwood yet. Really well done Geoff!"
Irene Eltringham-Willson

"Fabulous views of the garden as usual Geoff. Hoping your leg is ok now and your oasis is keeping you busy."
Teresa Swinney

" I did see it, you looked very cool. Geoff Stonebanks star of tv and radio?"
Janet White

Comments from virtual garden tour: May 2020

"Thanks for the tour. I love your garden, it is inspirational to see such imaginative use of space."
Fiona Andrews

"It was so good to get your email and have a tour of your beautiful garden. I wanted to let you know how much you have inspired my husband and I in our gardening. We came to live in Peacehaven 3 1/2 years ago and had no idea how to garden on top of a cliff in heavily salt laden winds! But we have learnt the hard way through trial an error! But our back garden has proved slightly easier being a little more sheltered. And after our first visit to you 2 years ago we have used all nature of found and artistic items to enhance out backyard. We even added a small studio! The particular challenge this year is not being able to add as much colour as we would like but we have planted stones, shells and painted driftwood as a substitute. So inspired we have entered the garden in the RHS/The One Show garden competition! I thought you would like to see some pics. CanÕt wait to visit you again."
Janet Harrington-Fudger

"How lovely to take your garden tour. It refreshed my memory. You were the inspiration for our ÒBeachyÓ garden in Long Beach, California. We still love our garden and thank you so much!! I still love your garden and IÕm so sad that people are not going to get to see it this year. We are suffering along with you. Thanks you for sharing your garden using uTube. It was lovely!!."
Bonnie Goldberg, Long Beach, California, USA

"Glad to hear you are keeping safe and of course sad how 2020 has turned out. My 6 year old Daughter have enjoyed visiting your garden for tea and cake the last few years therefore I will use your video link for some home learning and let our school know too. Wishing you a safe Summer and looking forward to your updates."
Kyla & Ziva Thrower

"All that's missing Geoff is a virtual tea and cake! Well done."
Bill Kocher, Brighton.

"Thanks for the tour, IÕm remembering previous visits now. I always get inspiration from your garden. As we live on the coast further along in West Sussex lots of ideas translate well here. Only thing missing is tea and some of your delicious home made cake looking forward to seeing you again soon."
Lisa Fishbourne

"How lovely. I'll be sure to visit when you open."
Delores William

"Thank you for showing me around your garden. Shall miss not visiting you. See you 2021, in the meantime look after mum."
Janice Cunningham

"I enjoyed that tour its looking lovely, after all your hard work, well done."
Mairead Harkin, Dublin

"So sorry that you are unable to show your beautiful garden this year, but thank you for the virtual tour; just when we need motivation to do more in our own gardens with what we already have. Driftwood still looks lush and beautiful and inspiring, even without all the colourful annuals - such a great credit to you."
Pauline Duart

"Gday Geoff, from a rapidly cooling Australia. I had hoped to visit again this year, but of course all now cancelled. Just wanted you to know I still enjoy your emails. Hope you and yours are keeping well, and that your Mum is coping with isolation.take care and maybe next year. All the best from Australia."
Kate Muir, Western Australia


Lovely thank you card received following the final garden visit for 2019 on 21st August

Private Visits: August 2019

"A fabulous, inspiring experience! I loved the theatre and the informative tour. Thank you very much."
Jane Davies

"I think this is where your garden is so important. In addition to the planting, plants and your personal vision, it is a superb example of what can be achieved in a relatively small garden. That is of enormous value in the gardening world when so much focus is on rolling acres."
Sacha Hubbard, Hilhouse Nurseries, Devon.
Posted on social media following an American visit tio Driftwood.

"An Inspiration! Just gorgeous."
Jan & Sue

"Amazing Spaces, calm and relaxing, lots of inspiration!"
Bernadette and Kevin Lee, Hampton.

"It was a very pleasant time. We really like how you combine the artworks with gardening. Very impressive and motivate us, thank you! Your garden is gorgeous, and your cake is really delicious!"
Bibor & Attila, Hungary

Macmillan Garden Trail 27/28 July 2019

Maureen Boynton

"Just wonderful! Cakes, coffee and tea, scrumptious!"
Gloria, John & Daphne

"The garden never fails to astound us. You work so hard!"
Vanessa & Brian Clark, Poole, Dorset

"An enchanting, serene and beautiful garden. So much to see. Great tea and scones too!"
Maria & Dave Sparshott

"You must be very fit! Possibly yoga! Fantastic!."
Jon & Janet

"What a visionary gardener! Wonderful planting, although I didn't envy watering!!"
Lesley Easter

"Numerous visits to such an imaginative garden! Lovely."
Julia Llewelyn

Special St Peter & St James ticketed event: 25th July 2019

"Such a beautiful garden, very tranquil and a lovely mix of different plants."
Sharon & Caz

"Just brilliant! A garden made with love.A garden to be proud of! You have planted creative seeds in us!"
Karen & Fred

Private Visit 25th July 2019

"On tour garden visiting with my Dad to the incredible Driftwood. An amazing array of beautifully tended plants, wonderful hospitality from Geoff and a very delicious cappuccino cake. Thankyou loads Geoff. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, your garden is so much more amazing in the flesh. No photos can capture the feeling of being surrounded by so many different, beautiful, loved plants - and the hugely hospitable atmosphere you have created. Thankyou. "
Sarah Pajwani, Maidenhead

Private Group 17th July 2019

"I love it here"
Daphne Whittaker, 2nd visit

"What a wonderful garden full of beautiful plants."
C Gregg

"Gorgeous - so many wonderful plants and spaces."
A Storer

Wimbledon Garden Group 17th July 2019

"Well thank you for letting us share your wonderful garden. Everyone really enjoyed meeting you and hearing your gardening journey! We won't forget that 'wow'! Very best wishes."
Carole Marshall, Organiser

"Fantastic! Speechless!"
Elke Bimy

"Super Garden!"
Gilly Vandersteen

"Awesome garden! We really enjoyed our visit very much. It had so much to offer with your creative planting and the variety of sculptures and ceramics plus the wonderful setting and coastal views also very good coffee! We will certainly recommend it to all our friends and family."
Anne Westbrook

Private visits 16th July 2019

"Your colourful and lovely garden impressed us. We take lts of inspirations for our garden in Germany. The cake was also nice!"
Elly, Frieda, Karin & Ulli, Germany

"Thank you so much. We enjoyed every moment....couldn't imagine a year without a visit to your awesome garden and we would certainly miss seeing you. You have become a part of so many people's lives giving so much happiness. You are a very special person."
Rita King, Brighton

Private visit 11th July 2019

"We are very impressed! Congrats. A lot of inspiration. Kind regards"
Maddy & Ludo, Lozen, Belgium

Private visit 10th July 2019

"Thank you Geoff it was lovely to have the time and opportunity to chat with you. A very relaxing afternoon for us, an oasis in a world of chaos! I will return again next year. "
Patricia Sands

"Thank you for a lovely afternoon in your beautiful and inspiring garden. Your cake was lovely."
Cherry Tedham

Woodingdean Horticultural Society visit 9thJuly 2019

"Fabulous garden. Thanks for opening it for Woodingdean Horticultural Society."
Christine George

"What a beautiful garden!! Such great plants - an inspiration I will take home with me."
Natalie Dubeau

"Incredible ideas to take home - unbelieveable. Thank you Geoff."
Geoff & Sally Wells

National Garden Scheme 9th July 2019

ÒMy first visit but i will be back !! Exceptional garden, fantastic host & delicious cake. Mum and i thoroughly enjoyed ourselves thank you."
Helen Bamber

ÒAmazing garden so much in such a small area, delicious cake too."
Sarah Jackson, Kent

"A wonderful visit. Inspirational garden."
Caroline Player

"Absolute heaven. So many flowers to see!"
Nicola Perkins

"Absolutely beautiful garden and delicious cake."
Tara Franklin

"Absolutely brilliant garden full of lovely ideas."
Joy Burgin, Wales

"Would not have missed this garden for the world."
Neil & Pat Rawcliffe

"Such a wonderful example of creativity and love. Thank you so much!"
Chris & John

"Beautiful.Lots of hidden treasure."

Private visit 6th July 2019

"Fabulous garden! Breathtakingly beautiful! Charming host!"
Jean Deeley, Epsom

Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society visit 1st July 2019

"Wonderfully creative and colourful garden and thank you for your hospitality."
Christine Ward

"What a fabulous garden. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon."
Lucinda Rendall

"A quite unique garden full of colour and interest. A lovely afternoon and the tea and cake were delicious."
Sheila Radford

"What an amazing garden - a complete surprise from the front - thank you."
Jane Alney

Private visits 30th June 2019

"Geoff has created an absolutely breathtaking garden. We feel very lucky to have visited and leave inspired!"
Lynne & Andy

"Fabulous garden in every respect. Great design, plantings and feeling - love it!."
Sandra & Jim Hastings - Sydney, Australia

National Garden Scheme 25th June 2019

ÒJust a few little hours, brought the sun and the flowers, where there used to be rainÓ.
"I really enjoyed my visit. IÕm sure youÕve heard all this before but, being a ÒDriftwood virginÓ , now is my opportunity to heap praise on you for all the wonderful work you do in the garden (and beyond). It looked practically perfect in every way - you seem to be blessed with limitless energy and enthusiasm. I shall be back and look forward to continue to enjoy your column in the Argus."

Jean Clack, Brighton

"As always, the garden is breathtaking, you make it look so easy! Such a jewel!"
Pam & Pete Miles

"Amazing style and artistry in design and planting and great cakes!"
Pauline and Mike Smith

"An amazing journey through a magical garden, not sure what's around the corner. I have a crazy garden in Switzerland and might pinch some ideas"
Marina Keller, Switzerland

"Delightful space, so inspiring. A place to enjoy."
Caroline Thomas

"This wonderful garden never fails to thrill and enthrall me."
Jayne Lane

"A spectacular garden. First visit, will come again."
Judy Brown

"Astonishing garden! A real inspiration."
John & Lyn Harris

Private group visits 19th June 2019

"Fantastic, quirky- just like the owner!"
Pat Beagley

"Absolutely love your quirky garden."
Carol & Terry

"Glad we made our visit after saying for sometime we should go. Very interesting and enjoyable."
Genevieve Gollop

The Mayor's Open Garden Trail 9th June 2019

"Blown away by the colours in this stunning garden. Haven't been for a couple of years and always amazed at its beauty. Well done for your incredible efforts, which ensures this. "
Carol & Peter Smith

"Great to see such an amazing space!"
Julian and Elizabeth Clore, Winchelsea

"Very exciting and creative garden."
Zepperish and Stotzer, Switzerland

"Every time I visit your stunningly beautiful garden I see something I didn't see before and more! I thought of you at 5am today after the strong winds of yesterday. You would never have known the damage caused. I really have to say that your garden is 'Blooming Brilliant'! Thank you so much."
Jayne Lane

"This garden is magical. It unfolds and reveals itself by each step you take into it. The flowers, the plants, the statues and sculptures, everything grabs your attention and gives you a moment to inhale all of the freshness, happiness, peace and tranquility. I have been so lucky to be able experience this little wonder of Seaford, the beautiful Driftwood."
Nazish Adil, Mayor of Seaford.

"Once again a wonderful visit to a beautiful garden. Well done for creating and continuing to maintain a super oasis of calm and tranquility. Absolutely fabulous!! "
Nick Lane.

Special St Peter & St James ticketed event: 12th June 2019

Some words sent by messenger after the event

"We swept in on the tail of a squall wind, a dark threatening cloud creeping along the chalk face. All gathered together in the front garden by our host Geoff, who talked us through the history of the garden, and his motivation to raise funds for good causes. He talked us through the competitions and awards, the camera crews and notaries, with open and unapologetic enthusiasm. Each feature has a story, a history all itÕs own, and by sharing this beautiful space with us we too are invited to become a part of that history.

As the rain came down hard we were shepherded into the summer house, snug and dry. Home made cake and tea served in vintage china cups, as our host continued his history, not only of the garden but of the people who had been part of it. It was like we had walked into a story, a lovely gentle heartwarming tale which we were honoured to be invited to share in. In a quiet corner sits an old typewriter, and that is my inspiration; to tell my story maybe, at the very least to say thank you."
Marcella Harris

Private group visit 7th June 2019

"So many inspiring ideas Geoff - every corner is a little gem. I'll be back."
Janet Walker

"A delightful day - everything is so loved. Cake is good too!!"
June Jaundoo

"Amazing garden! Love all the nik naks and the lunch and cake was lovely."
Barbara Webby

"Wonderful day, beautiful garden and the cake was delicious."
Gail Page

"I love coming here. Always something new. Geoff is an amazing host. Food a delight as usual!"
Jennifer Robinson.

Visitors 1st June 2019

"Thank you for the memorable tour of your absolutely fabulous garden Geoff. We (Sue and I) enjoyed every moment and you have filled us with lots of ideas and inspiration for our own gardens. You deserve all the accolades which have been bestowed on you. PS the tea and cakes were delicious too. "
Bevely Lawrence, Rottingdean

"Inspirational and beautiful. Our third visit."
Susan Sturt-Clamp, Canada

"Gets better every year Geoff. Beautiful colour."
Anne Armstrong, Seaford

Visitors from Belgium 31st May 2019 posted on facebook

"Thanks for the tour on Friday. My sister was gobsmacked. She utterly loooooooved your garden."
Inge Van de Voorde

Visitors from San Francisco 30th May 2019

"Lovely garden"
Karen Burt

"Inspiring visit with delightful host!"
Diane Coller

Visitors on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May 2019

"A lovely, inspiring and beautiful space to visit on my birthday! Thank you."
Lesley Parkinson

Visitors from Godalming and Barcombe 25th May 2019

"A kaleidoscope of colour and very enjoyable to look at."

Cathy Payne.
Visitors from Crawley and Inverness 24th May 2019

"Amazing trip to get here. Garden is just out of this world. Awesome! Feeling we will be back! Many thanks xx"


Received from a lady in the States in September 2018

"Thanks for keeping me on your email. I love reading about all that happens at your garden and all the kudos you receive which are all well deserved. Keep up the great work. Macmillan is fortunate to have you on their team!! Love seeing your garden even if it is only in photographs. Your garden is still one of the best private gardens I’ve ever seen in England. You are an inspiration!!"
Bonnie Goldberg, California, USA

Artwave Weekend 1st & 2nd September 2018

"We visited your garden, for the first time last weekend, and felt it was just superb! There is so much love and attention woven into every space and the whole garden literally vibrates with all that is good. We felt it such an intoxicating environment and overflowing with creativity from yourselves and other artists.The people that we met there, including yourselves, were so warm and welcoming. We will definitely be returning next year.We wanted to say a BIG thank you for what you have created and how it pulls people together & raises money for such a worthy cause. We wish you all the success, love & happiness for years to come.!"
Darren & Kevin

"A triumph of design - the most community friendly and social garden ever. Fantastic job!"
Lynne Salvage

"Thank you for inspiring us and many others."
David & Chrissy

"Our first visit, it won't be last we hope - wonderful."
Jackie & Gary Donaldson

"Made the 3 hour journey to visit this amazing flower oasis in East Sussex. Wonderful to chat with Geoff again and eat his amazing cake!"
Caroline Burrows N. London

"Always a pleasure to visit this amazing garden and Geoff is as hospitable as ever. Gorgeous cakes, yummy, yummy. Lovely artwork to buy as memories."
Julia Crowe, N London

Facebook comment August 2018
Artwave Weekend 25th & 26th August 2018

"Wonderful friendly visit. Great garden to exhibit all the fine art work - Loved it - thank you"
Sandra & Mark Curnock

"Beautiful garden, friendly people, great artwork, thank you"
Mary 1 and Mary 2

"What an inspiration! Something to see in every direction. "
Sarah Edwards

"Totally magical! Thank you!"
Celia Lindsay

"Wonderful garden and lovely seating to enjoy the super cakes, coffee and art"
Sue and Peter Lockhart

Artwave Weekend 18th and 19th August 2018

"Such an interesting visit again yesterday, even more to see this year than last, how on earth you have managed to keep it all going in the summer we've had I can't imagine, I know you said 'with a lot of watering' but even so ! Lovely to see you again, and we wish you much success with your fund raising again this year, what a very special man you are !! Take care, sending warmest wishes, and a big pat on the back !!"
Pam and Peter Miles

"3rd visit this year, every visit more exciting than the one before, I'll be back on the 25th/26th!"
Jayne Lane

"More amazing than ever and the artwork is fabulous!"
M. Hanratty

"Fabulous and such lovely people!"
Heidi, John, Osi and Moo from Essex

Private Visits during BBC SE Today filming 14th August 2018

"Inspirational garden. The BBC was there too!"
Gerri & Richard Bokhove, Netherlands

"Different, interesting - just lovely and relaxing, well done for charity."
Pauline Battison

"Quirky and inspirational. Very informative."
Deb Shearman

National Garden Scheme 5th August 2018

"Inspiring. Lots of ideas to take back home."
Mary & Andrew Ford

"A beautiful garden with lots of hidden gems. All the best!"
Rose & Jude from Hartfield

"Magical. Majestic. Monumental. Much admired passion and plants profile."

"A magical place to be. We love your garden."
Jake and Laura

"Inspiring! Thank you"
Celia Twinning

Lovely post on Twitter following the visit.
Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 28/29th July 2018

"Fantastic garden. Full of quirkiness and vibrant colour. A joy to see! Feeling inspired."
Nigel & Sue Napier

"Great! We have been many times - always fab!. Windy and raining but who cares? xx"
Jennifer and Cassie

"My 2nd visit! I simply just love Driftwood and all the love and passion you put into your garden and gardening, so creative, many thanks"
Jayne Lane

"Inspirational! Lovely cakes too!"
Rachel, Lucy & Sue

"Lovely atmospheric, creative, artistic garden and great to meet former neighbour Jim again."
Gordon & Carole Harrison

"Beautiful garden, very inspiring, thank you.."
Ceri Davies

"Looking forward to seeing your lovely garden once again a little later in the Summer and then seeing the other trail gardens!"
Nick lane

National Garden Scheme Opening 24th July 2018

"What a wonderful garden, so many quirky things. Love it!"
Anne & John Bourne

"Truly beautiful, What a clever chap you are. Thank you for sharing its beauty. Love it Sir Geoff!!!"
Joanna & Jacqui

"Inspirational! Fantastic creations of colour and texture. Thank you."
Sally & Martin

"This is a truly amazing garden, we have really enjoyed all the lovely ornaments that are tucked away amongst the plants. Thank you very much."
Maggie, Steve & Robbie

"Stunning garden, an inspiration as always, thank you."
Emma & Joan Page

"Extremely inspiring!"
Emma & Jane Walker

Henfield Garden ClubVisit 19th July 2018

Wonderful garden, full of interest! Inspiring!
Jane House

A haven of enchantment! Lovely. Thank you!
Audrey Dorset

A magical garden, easily lost in wonder.
Linda Beresford

Absolutely amazing garden, thank you so much.
Anne Jury

Lindfield WI Visit 16th July 2018

What a beautiful garden! Its absolutely stunning! Inspiration for my courtyard garden back home.

Fabulous garden. What wonderful plants and colours. Hidden areas are great and the sound of running water!

Thank you so much for letting us to come to your fabulous garden - so wonderful - so many plants.

Fabulous garden, what dedication and appreciated by us all!

Such a great place. So glad we came!

Lovely card received from organiser in post following visit.

Private vist by 3 siblings and spouses 1st July 2018

Wonderful garden full of quirkiness, love it! HAPPY CANADA DAY. A perfect way to spend it. Wonderful cake and coffee.
Sue & Keith Sturt Clamp, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Lovely garden Geoff. Improves every year. Lovely tea and cake.
Anne & Bill Armstrong

Great garden- great surprise. Must visit again soon. Try the orange cake!
David & Heather

Peacehaven WI 26th June 2018

Wonderful garden.
Cheryl Jewson

A wonderful garden and so enjoyed the tea and cake.

Brilliant as always. Cake exceptional!!.
Diane Salter

Private visit 23rd June 2018

Your garden is truly inspirational (cakes are also really tasty by the way!) and we now have a wealth of ideas to implement in our very limited garden space. Thank you.
Anna & Dmitry Trostnikova, from Moscow

National Garden Scheme Opening 19th June 2018

Well, where to start! This is such a special garden obviously full of love. Creative, imaginative, gloriously colourful, surprises at every turn. 1st visit but not my last, many thanks.
Jayne Lane

"Fabulous! Truly inspiring!"
Chris Woolley

"So Many plants in a small space arranged in a wonderful way. Fantastic."
Barbara Jackson, Canberra Australia

"Very envious of such a beautiful place. What a treat. Just fabulous! Keep on going!"
Wendy and Ray Lawson Sydney Australia

"Wonderful to finally visit your amazing garden packed with so many different plants. Very inspiring!!"
Belinda Hitching

"What a super garden! You have an oasis of calm and tranquility that has clearly taken so much work. I am so glad to have made it after so many recommendations from friends in London. Well done and all the best for continued success"
Nick Lane

"A microcosm of garden delights...... on a slope!"
John & Val

"Amazing as always! Beautiful garden delicious cakes and a warm welcome, who could ask for more? Our 5th year!"
Guy & John Fishbourne

"So beautiful to see and so intimate. Loved our visit with new British friends!"
Teresa & Robert Dawkins Olkaholama USA

Swedish Coach Visit 17th June 2018

What a memorable morning you gave all of us in your garden the other day! Thank you so much for receiving all of and for being so hospitable. Your garden really is something extra, we all enjoyed it very much, lovely contrast to all other gardens we saw. Have a nice summer and I hope to be able to see you again.
Karin Lagergren, Managing Director Swedish Tour Company

"Funny... Beautiful.... And.... Not to believe!"
Marita Dereke

"Very beautiful! Like it!"
Carina Widengard

Kim Hausson

"Amazing! A lot of aghhhh, oooohhhh and so on!"
Mari Johansson

Association of Carers opening 16th June 2018

"An oasis near the sea. Driftwood just makes you relax and feel happy. Delicious cake too!."
Claude Kirch, Cologne, Germany

"Amazing! Well worth the trip from Northamptonshire."
Jill & Terry Caley

"Just delightful, so imaginative and thought provoking."
Liz King

"What a discovery! Lovely garden complete with birdsong!"
Sue Kirch, Cologne, Germany

"Very interesting planting and design!"
Angela Colburn

Steyning U3A 13th June 2018

"What an amazing experience we all had this afternoon. As I said during tea, your garden is a revelation, so full of love, memories, and boundless enthusiasm. A jumble of colour , textures and junk that is so far removed from a conventional garden. A garden, where we wanted to linger longer than ever before, to soak up the atmosphere and affection you have put into it. No rushing, to beat the traffic, as we normally do after a short visit and a cup of tea. A time to contemplate and wonder. A garden that all of us found special, what ever our taste, and your own personality shining through, making us feel so welcome and comfortable. Very special! Thank you Geoff."
Helen Sweet

"A unique garden and so much work. A lovely experience. Thank you to a unique gardener."
Pat Dunderdale

"A remarkable amount of work and dedication goes into this garden and it shows!"
Janet Bowers

"What a wonderful garden and you are a delight Geoff. Thank you so much. I shall return!"
Miranda Harding

Mayor's Garden Trail 10th June 2018

"It's like a magical film set, but better, because it's real!"
Alex Bill

"Wonderful! A lovely afternoon. Fabulous garden with great nooks and crannies and beautifully tended plants. Gorgeous cakes and lovely hosts! "
Dawn & Lynn

"A truly inspiring garden, full of beauty and peace. Your plants are amazing - look forward to another visit soon."
Rachel Hussain

"Really lovely! So many unusual plants!"
Jean Martin

"Wonderful inspirational garden, A delight!"
Noreen, John, Sue and Steve

Private visit 26th May 2018

"Thank you so much for a magical afternoon followed by proper tea. It was really wonderful seeing the product of all your work and talking with you."
Cheryl Lucente, Columbia, Maryland, USA

Private visit 15th May 2018

"We had a most enjoyable & enlightening tour of your garden. It displays your depth of energy & patience in creating an ever changing kaleidoscope of colour & material. Our thanks"
Richard & Lavina Arnold, Newbury, Berkshire.

During early 2018, 8 garden talks given to Horticultural Societies across Sussex, Surrey & Kent.
Some comments provided after the talks.

"Very enthusiastic and inspiring"
said Paul Sedgwick at Felpham & Middleton talk.

"An inspiration, very interesting, thank you."
siad Valerie Smith at Felpham & Middleton.

Comment on Twitter January 2018


Final 2017 Private Visit 6th September 2017

"An inspirational garden for non professional gardeners, truly breathtaking."
Kate Muir, Canberra, Australia.

"Loved your garden, very creative."
Wendy Sculley, Western Australia.

"Now looking forward to next year and more terrific ideas- congratulations and thank you very much!"
Graham & Janette Looker.

Artwave Festival 3rd September 2017

"I am your 1000th visitor! Congratulations a spectacular setting."
Carole Sykes

"2nd visit and just as fabulous, even in the rain!"
Judith Silverman

"Really beautiful garden. I'm so surprised because it's so very different to Japanese gardens! I'll come again!"

"What a charming garden and attentive host, thank you for a splendid morning!"
Wendy Scott

"Unbelieveable! Everywhere a magic corner.!"
Virginia and Tony Green

Artwave Festival 2nd September 2017

"It is so beautiful, creative artwork, amazing. Thank you."
Clive & Stephanie Cole

"As ever, wonderful! Well worth a visit. A seaside delight!!!!"
June & Mags

"Incredible and inspirational, lots of ideas to take away!"
Kevin & Freddie

"Love it, love it love it! My favourite place with great owners. xx!"
Jan Challis

"So beautiful and relaxing - thank you!"
Sandra Capiledo

Artwave Festival 27th August 2017

Nice comment posted on Twitter following visit.

"Your garden is an amazing base for Artwave. We went to a few others and none came near in atmosphere or popularity."
Marion Hanson Smith

"Took my breath away, thank you!"
A Quintan

"What a beautiful garden, lovely people, and a fantastic spot for tea and cake."
Neil-Jones Family

"Incredible and very memorable."
A. Byron

"Amazing garden - what inspiration! Capuccino cake was out-of-this-world!Õ Thank you, and for all your incredible fundraising."

"Incredible space - fascinating, beautiful and inspiring. Thank you!"
The Baileys

"Inspirational and a wonderful magical garden !"
Hugh & Victoria

Artwave Festival 26th August 2017

"Calming yet vibrant- hard work with an effortless feel!"
Richard Greenwood

"Lovely - loads of ideas -love the tranquility."
Lizi Storey

"Fascinating planting and enormous fun to visit. Great the fundraising you do!"
Cathy & Samuel

"Lovely garden, really fantastic and brilliant art and cake too!"
Liz & Geoff Potter

"Beautiful garden and sculpture. Like some magical fairytale!"
Davisia & Marta

"Simply gorgeous!"
Michaela Wynn-Jones

Artwave Festival 19th & 20th August 2017

"Gobsmacked again! A garden packed with love and humour, not to mention talent. True food for the soul. Well done!"
Pete & Hilary Bagguley

"Lovely garden with lots of new ideas. Excllent tea and cakes. Thank you for a lovely afternoon! Motivated now!"
Supreeth Koushik Anusha

"Such an inspiration - full of colour, texture and surprise. Truly amazing! Thank you"
Rachel Hussain

"Magical! Could stay forever"
Irene & Paul Phillips

"A real discovery - enchanting. What a vision!"
Lorna Casey & Steve Lewis

"We were delighted to pay our first visit to Driftwood and really appreciated your fantastic gardening skills and enthusiasm. We are telling our friends to visit!"
Margaret Williams

Lovely tweet about garden postings on twitter on 18th August.
National Garden Scheme: Gardens And Health Private Opening 12th August 2017
A selection of comments from the invited guests, provided on the questionnaires they completed.

"The garden was a delight, so much put into a small space, a surprise around every corner and a wonderful mixture of planting and sculpture to please te eye and calm the soul."

"A relaxing atmosphere, dense planting and a feeling the garden ornaments added to the atmosphere of the garden."

"Great visit with friends. Geoff was very welcoming and brought us tea and cake which was enjoyed. Amazing garden with lots of hidden gems. "

"Very enjoyable, full of inspiration for our own garden."

"Wonderful to see garden again, so much in flower, cakes and plants excellent. Very much appreciated, thank you."
Sylvia & Bryan Hellaway

National Garden Scheme Opening 6th August 2017

"Stunningly beautiful - feel inspired. Thank you."
Aly & Stewart Tighe

"Absolutely stunning! We will return and send others! "
Ian & Carol Richards

"Love your garden - incredible! Love the cake- will be back next year for more! "
Anne & Ray Woolgar

"Incredible. Such amazing ideas. Keep it up!!"
Pauline & Bob, Burgess Hill

"Really enjoyed my first visit to Driftwood yesterday, after seeing so many pictures and hearing so much about it. Such a beautiful garden."
Anne Brien

"Lovely garden, lovely weather, lovely cake and lovely company. See you soon!"
Lois Pelacanos

"Really enjoyed our visit. Beautiful garden. Lovely owner and delicious cakes!"
Sue Weston

A lovely e mail of thanks from Songyuan Li and his family, who came to see the garden from Beijing on 1st August.

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail Opening 30th July 2017

"What an oasis of greenery, light, shade, and colour. A calming, tranquil place."
Cath Morfett

"Wonderful. A great inspiration for hobby gardeners."
Hester & Paul Bunn, Germany

"Brilliant and well thought out. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk around wonderland."
Sheila Turner

"An awesome achievement!"
James Shepherd

"A work of art! Stunning!"
Bennet Smith and Suzanne Healey

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail Opening 29th July 2017

"A lovely "muddle" of an informal garden - just our style. Many thanks."
Averil & Gareth Cozens , Penrith, Cumbria.

"A wow factor around every corner - wonderful"
Jules, West Midlands

"Been waiting to come since your talk in Henfield. A totally inspirational garden packed with amazing ideas."

"My first visit, my wife's third. Incredibly impressive. I love the density of planting and all the decorative features."
Graham Moore

National Garden Scheme Opening 25th July 2017

"The journey from North London was more than worth it. A truly amazing garden and scrumptious cakes. Thank you."
Julia Crowe

"We loved your design and execution. The 'before' photograph in the sunhouse was mesmerising; quite unbelievable if it wasn't for the shed that's still in the garden. So much in your planting and layout that was a total delight. Thank you so much. Your Mother was so proud of what you have done; so lucky to have you, equally lucky to have her. Carl & I were your 100th and maybe 101st visitors. The lady selling the raffle strips said, 'We've been waiting for you all day'. Our celeb moment... "
Ady King Turner

"So many seats to be sat upon and look in wonderment, allowing the mind to be still! A most beautiful garden. Delightful owner, Geoff, had time for everyone. Spent many hours there, enjoying the planting, quirks, cakes and tea. A definite 'return to' garden. "
Caroline Burrows.

"Tricky site made wondrous, interest at every turn!"
Carl Moy

"WOW WOW WOW!!!! Flower lovers heaven and love the whacky accessories. Brilliant!"
Gill & Neil Lawrence

"Just the best garden ever and we see a lot! So many many plants and secret places!"
Sally McNiff

"Inspirational! We have a load of ideas for our own clifftop!"
Rona & Simon

Private Afternoon Tea Party 24th July 2017

" A garden created with great imagination, creativity and hard work!"
Brenda Elliott, Harpenden

"Such a wonderful garden with so many anecdotes and stories too!"
Linda Inniss.

Private Lunch Party 21st July 2017

"Not what I expected at all, so beautiful and interesting. Thank you so much."
Jean Manser

"Fantastic, excellent and beautiful. So much hard work. Well done Geoff."
Carole Searson.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed wandering around your beautiful garden and would love to come again."
Sheila Jenner.

"The garden of a wizard with a clever wand!"
June Jaundoo

UYE Tours from Wimborne, Dorset, 19th July 2017

"Garden with the WOW factor. Very interesting and beautiful. Thank you for having us!"
Pat Simpson

"Absolutely stunning! Inspirational! Thank you xx."
Elaine Plank.

"An absolute joy in every way! Thank you."
Freda Harper

"How I wish mine looked like this!"
Rita Sweetland

Penny Slade

UYE Tours from Christchurch, Dorset, 18th July 2017

"If this is a garden created by a no knowledge gardener then there's hope for all of us! BRILLIANT!"
Jackie & Stephen

"Brilliant garden, so full of wonderful colours and planting."
Ann & John Guest.

"Superb! So much garden in the available space."
Tony Tyhoch

"A magical garden- will be back ASAP!"
Frances Summerfield

National Garden Scheme Opening 11th July 2017

"Utterly brilliant! Wonderfully imaginative and we absolutely revelled in our time here. Thank you so much."
Clay & Jackie Knowles

"Wonderfully imaginative and artistic. On holiday in the area but worth a day trip alone from home."
Rosemary Simmons, Canterbury.

"Absolutely fantastic! There is so much to see that we could return for weeks at a time and still not see everything! Totally inspiring! xx"
Barbara & Brain McNulty

"A fascinating garden, beautiful combinations of plants and quirky objects."
Ann Beard, Bromley

"Fantastic, never seen anything like it before!"
Shona Sands

Private Visit by Mike & Claire Hicks 7th July 2017

"What a wonderful oasis, crammed with exiting plants- you are a true artist of living things! Thank you for your warm welcome!"
Claire Hicks

Private Visit by Gillian & Geoffrey Broom 2nd July 2017

"We had high expectations from this garden and it certainly lived up to and exceeded these expectations. The garden is stunning, it just shows what can be done and very welcoming hosts...Thank you."
Geoffrey Broom

"Thank you Geoff for a wonderful afternoon; your garden is an absolute delight - super layout, wonderful plants, an oasis of calm and seclusion".
Gillian Broom.

Opening for Family Support Work: 1st July 2017

"Our third visit and always a feast for the eyes! Glorious planting, lovely secluded seating and best tea and cake in Sussex!"
Lisa Fishbourne

"A true delight! Nothing like this in Canada!"
Dave & Helena Mog.

"Absolutely stunning! Superb attention to smallest details so lots of lovely surprises everywhere I looked!"
Sue Bourne

"Recommended to visit and very glad we did. Wonderful garden and lovely people who own it "
Sue & Martin, Dorset

"Never seen anything like this before, amazing."
Jo Tigg

"What an inspiration! Such a beautiful place. Thanks you for a lovely afternoon!"
Joan Parish

Garden Photographer's visit June 2017

"Such a lovely morning in your garden. Each time I come I'm bowled over by the range of your planting, from subtle to exuberant. I hope you take this as a compliment but I see you as an artist and a showman. By that I mean someone deeply interested in plants and also loving how entertaining his garden is."
John Glover

Private Visit by Susan & Keith Wells and friend 25th June 2017

"A very warm welcome by Geoff on arrival. Then, wow when we entered the back garden. Couldn't believe our eyes!! Amazing, so much colour. Inspirational. Thanks for having us Geoff. "
Susan Wells

"A beautiful, colourful and inspirational garden. A great achievement!."
Carole Sutherland.

Private Lunch Visit 21st June 2017

"Just one word! WONDERFUL. Geoff says he isn't a gardener but I think he deserves a big place in any garden books! "
Barbara Highgate

"Beautiful garden and a lovely host! we had a wonderful time. This is a must see! Thank you."
Tricia Wiggins.

"Fantastic day out visiting this stunning and inspirational garden, our host was marvellous!"
Lyn Over

"Amazing, such stunning arrangements of natures best on a glorious day... Awesome... Great food too....."
Cherie law

National Garden Scheme Opening 20th June 2017

"Well worth the long hot trip (Upminster in Essex) an oasis of calm and brilliant planting/great teas! "
Pamela & Fiona Buntin

"You're inspired as a non gardener to just go for it! A true garden heaven!"
Emma Hutin.

"Unbelieveable when you see how it started"
Tim Bricker

"Wonderful garden, so many brilliant plants packed in and full of character! Thanks!"
Ciar Neale

"Delightful garden! Lots of ideas! Inspirational!"
Brian & Christine Couplad

"Inspirational Stuff! We'll be back!"
Ann & John Packer

Lancing & Sompting U3A Group 16th June 2017

"Thank you for a really lovely morning, your garden is beautiful, quirky, inventive, unique and many many others but simply divine. I think everyone there today took inspiration from it."
Barbara Earley, Organiser

Appledore Gardening Group from Kent. 15th June 2017

"A huge thank you for allowing us to visit your so special garden - of all the ones we visited over the two days yours was of course the talking point. "
Tessa Knight, Organiser

"Again, a big thank you for letting us invade your garden. I am personally not much of a gardener but I was astounded when I turned the corner into the back garden. You must be very proud of your accomplishments. I'm not lying when I say that out of the five gardens that we visited, I took the most photos at Driftwood. A very enjoyable day."
Andrew Sargent

Private Birthday Visitors 14th June 2017

"Wow, what a lovely, wonderful find? Truly inspiring; very memorable, we will be back! "
Debbie & Duncan Lyne

"Thank you so much Geoff, enjoyed the garden, weather, tour and cake! Will be back!§"
Julia & Mike Tunaley

Private Group of Evening Visitors 13th June 2017

"It was an amazing evening and you will certainly be seeing us/me again. The fish & chips went down well sitting on the beach west of the Martello tower watching the sunset, what could have been a more perfect evening. Thank you again for sharing your passion and being so entertaining."
Rosemary Warton

The Mayor's Open Garden Trail 11th June 2017

"A big thank you to Geoff for organizing the Mayor's Trail, what a fantastic day Liz Holland and I had visiting some stunning gardens in Seaford. What hard work went on since the disastrous weather we had this last week, to bring the gardens back to their formal glory! Thank you to everyone involved, your helpers and to all who supported the event.
Cllr Linda Wallraven, Mayor of Seaford.

"Quite magical! Scrumptious cakes and we love Hector (tortoise) and the seagull! Thank you!"
Pam Joanne Hayward

"Beautiful, inspirational, given me lots of ideas"
Cathy Jarvis

"Inspirational! What an interesting garden."
Sue & Dave Barnett

"Very innovative use of pots in the garden."
L & D Butler

Private Visitors 6th June 2017

"Visited after horrendous winds, but garden still looks absolutely stunning. We are so impressed with the imaginative design and the jolly use of the art work to enhance the rooms. Geoff gave us a fascinating guided tour and delicious tea and cake too! We are truely inspired! Thank you"
Lindsay & Kathleen Anderson

Comments from Austrian Horticultural Society Visit 25th May 2017

"Thank you for the the chance to visit your garden. We all liked this very individual garden-visit and it was an experience to see what one person can create.
Tour Guide

"Great garden, great cakes and a great gardener - thanks."
Eva Thun-Taubert.

"An unexpected little world!"
Rheinhard Zetter.

"Thank you for this nice welcome in your wonderful garden"
Gerda Schlumd.


Judges comments in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, Garden of the Year competition results 21st October 2016

"I really like the way he's used the wider landscape."
Adam Frost, RHS Gold Medal winning designer and Gardeners' World presenter.

"He has really clever planting with lots of bedding, which is a great idea when you're gardening by the sea."
Martin Fish, gardening writer, TV and radio presenter.

"Your entry was always a real stand-out and genuinely was knocking on the door for the top prize all the way. It will be such a pleasure to share more pictures of your garden with our readers over the coming months."
Lucy Hall, Editor Gardeners' World Magazine

"It's clear it's a deeply personal garden,and I really like the use of the quirky features."
Janine Pattinson, award winning landscape designer and RHS horticulturalist.

"I really like the way he's incorporated seaside items."
Liz Challoner, keen gardener and represeantative of Cobra Garden Machinery, sponsor.

Social Media comments following Gardeners' World broadcast on 23rd September 2016

"It was a stunning garden, a masterpiece of integrated plants and sculptures."
Eileen Elder.

"I've just watched the Gardeners' World episode featuring your garden. A truly magical space! Loved it."
Tina Waldfee.

"Good Morning World! Love, love, loving Driftwood. Geoff it's stunning!"
Sara Venn.

"After following your blog, delighted to see your stunning garden on Gardeners' World. Plenty of interesting ideas."
Linda Casper.

"Driftwood, just seen you on Tv!!!! Really nice garden!"
James Staples.

"I would love a gunnera and when we do our pond next year, we will now have one thanks to you!!"
Jane Wynne.

Visit by Richard Jackson's garden crew 22nd September 2016

"Thanks so much for today. I really enjoyed meeting you and seeing your fabulous garden. I knew, from what I'd read and been told, that it would be a real gem, but it was even better than I'd expected, packed with colour, interest, and charm. There was something to enjoy at every turn, and I genuinely loved it."
Richard Jackson.

Great supportive tweet from Christine Walkden prior to the BBC Gardeners' World broadcast, 22nd September.
Gardeners' World Filming 25th August 2016

"We really enjoyed filming with you, it was a great day. Your garden is fabulous. And the cake was excellent too! I hope you and Mark had a good Bank Holiday weekend. We'll be in touch about the broadcast date. All the best."
Emma Fitzmaurice, Director, BBC2 Gardeners' World.

6 day Artwave Festival 2016

"Once again, superb - art, garden and edibles! Orange & polenta cake and savoury muffins!"
Jane McCallum.

"Enchanting art, gardens, lovely people and delicious food!"
Jayne Glad Leonard & Steve Jones

"Lovely visit again to your wonderful garden- stunning art with delicious coffee and cake!"
John & Valerie Parker.

The National Gardens Scheme 31st July 2016

"My very, very favourite garden!"
Michelle Mealing.

"Thank you for letting us visit your beautiful garden! It's a dream garden!"
M Hood

"Wonderful garden, full of love and inspiration. A haven!"
Nicola Perkins.

" Amazed at how many plants have been fitted in! A real labour of love and stunning!"
Sue & Geoff Tucker

Wonderful thank you card received from The States, following visit on 4th July

Great recommendation from Christine Walkden on Twitter: 26th July 2016.
Family Support Work Day 23rd July 2016

"Such an inspiring garden. So much to see, just packed with flowers, so colourful. And the cakes are to die for! Heide and I enjoyed the coffee and walnut cake! Thank you for supporting FSW."
Elaine Waight.

"Lovely to see you again Geoff and your wonderful garden. Even though I knew what to expect this time when I went down the side of the house it was still such a 'Wow' moment seeing all the beautiful plants and shrubs. All are in such perfect condition and clearly so happy in their positions."
Gina Coleman, Ham, London.

"Mind-blowingly beautiful, thank you."
Sandy Hills.

" Wonderful experience! Travelled all the way from Bolton in Lancashire to see this!"
Sue Reddington

"A beautiful garden with so many delightful vistas and wonderful atmosphere."
Liz & Roy Steadman.

Telscombe Cliffs WI 20th July 2016

"And very lovely it was too! Thank you Geoff and your background team for making our visit so enjoyable. We all loved it. Gardens are just beautiful and tea and cakes delightful."
Pam Winton.

"Beautiful gardens, something to see in all corners. Fantastic!"
Diane Darroch

National Gardens Scheme 19th July 2016

"Quite the best, most exciting and inspiring garden I've seen in years. Fantastic!"
Trevor & Bronwen Smith.

"Thank you Geoff ( et al) for such a wonderful afternoon on the hottest day, yet. What a superb garden you have, with all the essences of good gardening...secret places, continuous succession flowers and a wonderful mix of plants. The pieces of art and mirrors were beautifully placed. Thank you also for giving us the background of the development of the garden. You work so tirelessly for good causes"
Marilyn Oliver, group organiser

"Just loved your gorgeous garden, all credit to you for your hard work."
Diane Rose & Mike Cotes

"What a beautiful day to enjoy your outstanding garden."
Sue & Ray Warner.

Sue Mitchell's 60th Birthday Celebration 18th July 2016

"Thank you so much for a wonderful day. We are both in awe of your garden and can only reiterate how staggeringly beautiful and original both out front and the 'main event' gardens are. You clearly have not only a lively imagination and amazing artistic flair but the determination to source just the right plant along with just the right artefact for each and every part of the garden. The result is literally breathtaking. As I mentioned when we met, l am so chuffed that l could spend time with my husband in your private refuge, without a jostling crowd of visitors and we really enjoyed your hospitality and private lunch /tea and cake. Most of all it was a privilege to meet you. I am sure the charities you support are most grateful for the work that you do. I only hope they appreciate the amount of hard work you put in!"
Sue Mitchell, Angmering.

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society, 13th July 2016

"Thank you SO much for such an enjoyable visit today. We were all amazed and enthralled by your garden; your dedication, motivation and enthusiasm is inspirational. Thank you for being such a wonderful host, the cakes were absolutely delicious. All the awards and accolades are well deserved. Keep up the good work."
Clare Kabza, Group Organiser.

"A real Alice In Wonderland! So, so delightful!"
Lyn Taylor

"So many lovely plants in a confined space!"
Sue Deane.

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 9th & 10th July 2016

"One of the most delightful gardens I have ever seen. Geoff Stonebanks has a beautiful, colourful, clever and fun garden . You have to just be stunned by the imagination of it all. The cakes were lovely and to sit in the garden and drink tea is just wonderful."
Shirley Linsell

"An amazing garden so interesting"
Liz & Roger Steele

"From the moment you approach this garden you are overwhelmed by the brilliance of the design and colourful planting. There is not an inch of space uncovered, with every plant looking happy in its position in the overall scheme. The owner greets everyone with such enthusiasm, and there are details about the transformation which has taken place over the years dotted about i n the many seating areas. Well worth a visit when this garden is opened up to the public during the year."
Patricia from Bexhill on Trip Advisor

Special Tours Group, Philadelphia USA, 4th July 2016

"Went to Sissinghurst after touring your garden. My friend preferred yours! You have such an unique & special garden. All the passion & love you have put into it is very obvious! Such a pleasure to meet you. I am grateful for such a lovely lasting memory!"
Becky Short

"Wonderful garden!"
Mary Jane & Victor Risch

"Amazing - just wonderful! "
Claudia Zink

Hilliers Garden Group through Brookland Travel, 29th June 2016

"Fantastic! I am so inspired! You should be so proud."
Shirley McCullen

"A fine experience with the garden and the enthusiasm"
Rex Wade.

"A lovely garden, so inspiring and great fun. Thank you "
Maureen Fry.

"...... all brought together with love and genius."
Peter Foulkes, Winchester.

National Gardens Scheme 28th June 2016

"We visited Geoff and his beautiful garden on 28 June when it was open under the National Garden Scheme. This was our second visit to the garden from our home in Dorset and we shall certainly go again. Geoff makes everyone feel so welcome and you are encouraged to sit and relax and take as long as you want to explore the garden. There's a summer house where you can read all about the creation of the garden over the years. Cakes & refeshments on sale and also an interesting collection of sculptures & artistic pieces for sale. Don't forget to buy a couple of plants to take home, then you can have your own little bit of Driftwood. You will be truly inspired by the planting in the garden and the use of many props! A garden not to be missed. We have visited many NGS gardens over the years and this is definately our favourite."
Vanessa Clark, Poole, Dorset via Trip Advisor.

"Inspirational! Expertly planned and planted! Thank you for letting us see it."
Paul & Enid Hoh, New Zealand

"Our second visit here! Geoff is an inspiration! We love the garden. "
Vanessa & Brian Clark, Poole Dorset.

"Absolutely fantastic, what a wonderful world you've created. Thank you. "
Tracy McRobert.

"Just amazing what you have achieved. So imaginative! "
Michael Bishop.

Photo Shoot by Coast Magazine 27th June 2016

"Thank you! It was a real pleasure to meet you all and to see your garden today, which is a truly uplifting and inspiring place, thanks again for a great shoot and the incredible cake! "
Alex Reece, journalist.

Geertruidenberg Garden Club (The Netherlands) 24th June 2016

"Lovely garden, lovely people! "
Peter Layzell

"Creative/beautiful combinations, nice colours. Nice person!"
Rica Blommers

"Nice "pirate" place we'll remember it! "
Annette & Joop Van Roekel

Nice comment from Christine Walkden on Twitter on 12th June.
National Gardens Scheme 9th June 2016

"Amazing - such talent, it is inspirational! "
Val Thomas

"Another wonderful visit in delightful surroundings/plantings, yummy food and so friendly and helpful! "
Mary & John Portway

"Fantastic use of space! "
Helen Bowers

Mayor's Open Garden Trail 5th June 2016

"Just wanted to say once again how amazing it is to be able to come and see your stunning, wonderland of a garden!!! I say wonderland as I feel a bit like Alice as I walk through the different paths and find so many lovely details, little and big surprises here and there, and it amazes me every time! I just love the whimsical feeling you managed to create and having followed your social media pages for a year now, I have been able to see all the love and dedication you put into it. Well done guys, you amaze and inspire me! Xxxxx."
Carol Campbell, Deputy Mayor Seaford.

" First timers! Lovely garden, very restful, wonderful cakes."
Debbie & Steve Lamb

" It doesn't matter how many times we come to this garden, there is always something new to see. Beautiful!."
Jane & Tony Mitchell

" Beautiful and relaxing, could sit here all day!."
Rosemarie White

Rainbow Group from Eastbourne 2nd June 2016

" It's a mind map! I love it!. It's inspiring! Brilliant! Thank you for hosting our group!"
Michael Stiles

" Amazing! Lots of ideas to pinch!"
John Wheller & Richard Flint

Lovely card received after visit which can be read here .

Nice recommendation by The English Garden Magazine and Christine Walkden on Twitter 31st May 2016


Artwave Festival. 22nd August to 6th September 2015

" Geoff Stonebanks certainly knows how to raise money and promote artistic works! What a driven force."
Joan Pullman

" Wonderful garden, cake and exceptional art."
Fiona, Matthew and Edward Lewis

" Fantastic. What a wonderful garden and great artwork."
Barbara & Jim

" Completely fulfiled our expectaions. Thank you for all your good work."
Toni and Alex Spence-Holey

Comment in Sunday Telegraph 23rd August 2015.

"I was overwhelmed and charmed, and wondered how so many plants have fitted into such a perfectly formed space? Geoff's enthusiasm is catching and he and his amazing garden deserve every visitor that makes their way up his enchanting garden path."
Francine Raymond, journalist.

Rotherfield Gardening Club 12th August 2015

"What an amazing garden. So much in so little space, a real labour of love. Thank you so much for letting us see it and for all your fundraising, it's a charity close to my heart as my sister has had cause to use them this last year!"
Naomi Berwick

Ringmer Gardening Club 11th August 2015

"A totally amazing garden so much to see but what an achievement. I hate to leave."
Carol Blakiston

"What an amazing garden I can hardly wait to return. Thank you for a fantastic afternoon!"
Margaret Constable.

National Gardens Scheme 9th August 2015

"Absolutely brilliant! we see many of these NGS gardens but yours is up there with the best!"
Jenny Dawson & Nora pelling East Grinstead.

"Words fail me - a fascinating tribute to a vision and hard work."
Mike and Penny Austin.

"I'll be back with my husband. He lives on the Isle of Mull so it'll be a long journey but very worth it. Loved every part of the afternoon. Quite inspirational. I want a garden just like it"
Pennie Killingsworth posted on facebook after visiting.

"Words - inadequate."
The Chasman's East Sussex.

Visit by Jean Vernon, freelance journalist, 6th August 2015

"Open the garden gate and the first impression is a cacophony of colour, interest and impact, not in a blousy kitch way, but more like poking your head into a secret wonderland, hidden in time."
Jean Vernon.

Hailsham U3A Gardening Club 5th August 2015

"Inspiring! If I were a butterfly I'd live here."
Carol Parris

"Fascinating garden always something to look at."
Sue Wilson.

RNLI Mini Trail 2nd August 2015

"Absolutely beautiful - an inspiration to us both. Thank you."
Vanessa and Brian Clark, Poole, Devon.

"A wonderful experience for us both."
Geoff and Jackie Mosely, Bingham, Notts.

Nice comment on twitter from Pauline at Sussex Prairies after their group visit on 28th July 2015
Macmillan Garden Trail 25th & 26th July 2015

"Thanks to you and the team for such an enjoyable day. Everything from the time we arrived to seeing the amazing garden that you have created made our day special. It was as amazing as expected. The facebook pictures do not even show the magic touches. Love it! So special."
Angela & Gerald Taylor, Paignton, Devon.

"What a surprise and what an achievement. Lots of ideas! Thank you!"
Tom & Annette hedges, Bexhill on Sea

"Words fail me - a fascinating tribute to your vision and hard work"
Mike & Penny Austin

Nice comment on twitter from Beverley Jones on 16th July 2015
Organiser of Surrey garden group on 9th July 2015

"Many thanks for your hospitality, tea, talk - and of course your fabulous garden! I think we were all stunned by it and by your achievements, it is amazing! I can see how devoted you are and that, plus all the money you have raised for charity by your hard work, is incredible. I wish you all the very best for the future - for you and your beautiful, quirky garden. It was a pleasure to meet you."
Joan Pullman, Ewell, Surrey

National Gardens Scheme 7th July 2015

"Amazing! Never seen anything like it! Wonderful 82nd birthday treat"
Gwenda Haxwell, Leigh on Sea, Essex

"An inspiration, thank you!"
Mark and Paul, Brixton, South London

"Completely fabulous display of colour and texture! "
Veronika Van Eijk, Hailsham

"Surprising. Amazing. Just fantastic a real pleasure to visit! "
P Hatch, Bexhill on Sea

National Gardens Scheme 25th June 2015

"Worth the special trip from Surrey, an amazing space!"
Sally & Den, Surrey

"Glad we came, it's a credit to you, we drove from Hampton Court!"
J & S Woods

"Amazing feat! Shows real dedication! "
Fran Rawlinson

Mayor's Open Garden Trail 21st June 2015

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes

"Excellent combination of plants and sculpture, really enjoyed visit!"
Pete, Sue & Margaret, Eastbourne

"Lovely garden, worth travelling from Portsmouth to see! "
Elaine Devine & Peter Stares, Porstmouth

National Gardens Scheme 9th June 2015

"I’m now back home in sunny Ruislip after my wonderful week in Sussex the highlight of which was visiting your stupendously wonderful garden. Your photos don’t do it justice, it was truly inspirational."
Judith Silverman

"Most amazing planting in such a small area, most enjoyable."
A & G Davey

"Can't believe you change it every year! Your imagination amazes us! Well done!"
John & Pauline Allen

"You have to be an idiot to not get the fact that that garden is the love of your life... Oh after Mark, of course... Oh and the dog! It could not possibly be achieved with a few hours work per week. You work so hard and the results are amazing! Thank you for making our summers SO exciting! "
Sarah Flowers, Seaford

A lovely comment from Susan Sturt-Clamp on Facebook in June 2015 after visiting the garden from Vancouver.
A lovely comment from Angela Taylor on Facebook in April 2015 after reading I had received an award from the Mayor of Seaford.
A couple of nice tweets in March 2015


Comments on iTunes Podcast November 2014

"Heard an interview you did with Dave on Back To My Garden; you're inspiring! I am buying a house this summer and have a space roughly your size with a different challenge: I'm in Saskatchewan, winters are long and horrible....so the growing season is short, and important to gardeners and plants. Will keep an eye on your page!"
Peter MacNaughton, Saskatchewen, Canada

Artwave 23rd August to 7th September 2014

"Reminds me of the lost gardens of Helligan!"
Chris & Kay Young

"A life experience altogether! Thanks!"
Francesca Baschi & Rosalind Dawes

"Really lovely series of sun traps. Shows off the art beautifully."
Roy & Teresa Gregory

"Beautiful garden full of beautiful crafts! What clever people you all are!"
Claire Laker

"Beautiful! Fascinating! Love it all! Thank you."
Adam & Alison Rogers

"The thing is........ once you visit Driftwood you can hardly bear to leave, it is a one in a million place!"
Audrey Peters

"A work of art. Individual and delightful!"
Barbara Grice when visiting for Artwave

National Gardens Scheme 3rd August 2014

Lovely card received after visit which can be read here .
Shirley Carman-Martin - Cuckfield

"Wonderfully imaginative, with incredible detail! Enjoyed every inch!"
Henry & Anne

"This is delightful, every way you turn opens up another vista and endless interest. Thank you so much for showing your passion, skill and hardwork!"
Chris & Jenty Young

"Maximalism triumphs over minimalism any day!"
Darrell & Simon, Arundel

"Excellent planting, a delightful space!"
Julie & Heather Nicholson

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 26th & 27th July 2014

"Well! This is the garden of a wizard, it's another world in there!"
June Jaundoo

"Geoff’s garden is a labour of love and a reflection of his generosity!"
Johnathan Kent, Broadcaster

"Delightful perfection!"
Sheila Thomas

"Such a surprise, wonderful garden,with so much to see."
Treena & Kieron

Blatchington Towns Womens Guild Private Visit 24th July 2014

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon. We all enjoyed ourselves and have come away with lots of ideas and inspiration. It is no surprise that so many people want to visit."
Janet Skinner, Group Organiser

National Gardens Scheme 17th July 2014

"Best garden we've ever seen! Thank you."
Jean Norman & Lynne Booth

"One of the most creative gardens I have ever seen and wonderful hospitality in addition. Thank you!"
Brenda Hughes, Uckfield

"A real gem of a garden, love the hidden features.!"
Ella Robinson

Lewes Windmill Trefoil Guild 16th July 2014

"Wow! Blown away by this amazing garden!"
June Denny

"For once in my life I was speechless!"
Carol Armstrong, Wivelsfield

Good Morning Britain Crew 14th July 2014

"When reading about some of the visitors on Geoff's website, I can see why one person said: “It's the most staggering and inspirational garden to show what can be achieved without possessing acres but having an eye, imagination, a love of plants and great energy and enthusiasm. This is a real must see garden'. It certainly was!"
Laura Tobin, Good Morning Britain Weather Girl

RNLI 11th July 2014

"A very interesting garden, thank you for your support of the RNLI!"
Anne & Frank Payne

"Wonderfully interesting, a fresh surprise at every turn!"
Judith & Pat Ost, Mayor of Newhaven

Dandelions Group Visit, 10th July 2014

"We felt that we needed to thankyou again for our visit to your wonderful garden. We really did all say WOW when we entered the rear garden. I could never call it a small garden because it is enormous in interest and design. So clever and flamboyant! We do appreciate all the hard work you must put in to get it looking so brilliant.."
Sue Marden, Leader Dandelions Gardening Group
10th July 2014

St Wilfrid's Hospice 8th July 2014

"Very pleasing riot of colour, imaginatively planted!"
Jo Tigg

"A labour of love! Brilliant garden! Thank you for sharing!"
Diane Burns

National Gardens Scheme 1st July 2014

"Beautiful & inspiring, full of interesting and artistic touches and wonderful planting!"
Marie-Elaine Houghton

"Smashing garden. Love the use of different pots and all the art!"
Sarah Abbot, Woking

"Inspirational and such excellent advice too!"
Mary Portway

Lymm Garden Group Visit 23rd June 2014

"Gorgeous! Just what I want at home in California!"
Mike & Bonnie Goldberg, USA

"Overwhelmigly beautiful!"
Pauline Slattery,

"Brilliant! Lots of inspiration and hard work!"
Elaine & Colin

Mayors' Garden Trail 22nd June 2014

" It was a lovely day, we managed to get round all 9 of the Seaford gardens. Totally in awe of all the hard work and love people have put into their little patches of heaven. Thank you for such a warm welcome Geoff. Driftwood continues to be beguiling and inspiring!"
Kate Prickett, Midhurst,

"There was a wow factor when we entered the back garden!"
Brenda Dennis, Dartford,

"What can I say? Your devotion to and amazing result is all great!"
Kay Young

"Fantasmagorical! Thanks!"
Rod & Margaret Evans

National Gardens Scheme 10th June 2014

"A work of living art, a really clever use of space."
Nats & Vera

"Relaxes the eyes, eases the heart, wonderful"
D Reed

"A real work of art and labour of love. Well done."
Maisy & Alan Foster

"Full of colour, form and excitement, gorgeous!"
Zoe Ford

"Whatever you do, if you get to East Sussex, visit Driftwood Garden on one of their many Open Days for the NGS. It's the most staggering and inspirational garden to show what can be achieved without possessing rolling acres but having an eye, imagination, a love of plants and great energy and enthusiasm. This is a real 'must see' garden."
Sacha Hubbard - Hill House Nursery Devon

Sussex Life Magazine May 2014

"Our expert, Leigh Clapp, has compiled her must-visit gardens for 2014. In Sussex we are blessed with many great gardens including Great Dixter and Nymans but there are other, more unusual treasures to explore such as Geoff Stonebanks's Driftwood in Seaford!"
Jenn Mark-Bell, Editor


Private visit 29th August 2013

"A magical, mystical tour of wonderment and beauty - a feast for the senses - we left with a sense of pleasure and happiness - thank you! "
Sue & Don Maskell

Artwave August & September 2013

"Best I've seen in Artwave! Talented artists and magical garden!"
Lindsay Harman

"I don't think I've ever seen such a special place. Absolutely fabulous xx"
Dawn Monk

"A wonderful juxtaposition of art and nature!"
Jeremy Harrison

"Brilliant garden and lots of fab items - good range of prices too!"
Melissa Hodges

"We really enjoyed your garden and were amazed at the amount of work that had gone into it. Although we could never aspire to such a finished product it gave us lots of inspiration to improve our own garden in Essex. We were surprised at how long we spent there - always a good sign that you were engrossed with all that was going on. Thank you again for such an enjoyable experience."
Peter & Denise Goodyear, Essex

St Wilfrid's Hospice 13th August 2013

"So beautiful it makes me want to cry!"
Cynthia Packard, Redhill

"Beautiful garden, Can I come again please? I wish I had one!! Thank you for opening it to the public!"
Susan Coombs

"Charming, quirky, delightful, so much to see & fabulous plant combinations!"
Jennie Star

National Gardens Scheme 11th August 2013

"Overwhelmed by the transformation, a joy to behold."
Jenny Pulling, Shoreham by Sea

"Plants as it should be! Dense! Eclectic and lovely!"
Pat & Lynne

"The most exciting garden I've seen!"
Sue Edwards and Jeremy Owen

"I loved your garden very much and amazed at your success!"
Dan Griffiths

Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 3/4 August 2013

"An amazing garden and what a great inspiration. It is a great achievement Geoff."
Sue & Andy Skarstein, Haywards Heath

"Amazing surprise when you come round the back! Stunning! Thank you!"
Jeremy & Sarah Mustoe, Hove

"You have it! Totally enchanting!!"
Sally Attrell

"Moving! Spellbinding!"
Jenny Deakin

"Wow - really well done Geoff and everyone - it has been a pleasure to take part this year. We had a great time at Cranborne Avenue and the weather was just perfect. Your organisation and commitment are amazing Geoff - and what a brilliant amount raised. Thank you and well done."
Pat Latham, Garden Owner on hearing of amount raised.

National Gardens Scheme 21st July 2013

"Hugely impressive - highly imaginitive."
Irene Hall

"Amazing garden and amazing day! So much detail and hard work. A real joy and treasure!"
Pam & Gary from Eastbourne

"A real treat to explore this wonderful garden - Geoff has created something quite special! We'll be back!"
Ken & Shirley Mckay (Cambridge)

"Your garden is fabulous. The most beautiful open garden we have ever been to! (And we've done a few!!)"
Kathy & Vernon Findlay
July 2013

National Gardens Scheme 2nd July 2013

"Magical & stunning planting! Great landscaping and ornamental features. Absolutely wonderful liked it very much! Thank you!
Honore de Gronckel

"Lovely - so much to see. Beautiful condition of everything!"
Sarah & Peter Shrubb

"We have a coastal garden too - but yours is inspirational! The planting is superb and well integrated with the ornaments!"
Lin & David Ring

St Wilfrid's Hospice Secret Garden, 30th June 2013

"1st class garden, lovely host! And muffins good too!"
Sheila & Colin Sullivan, driven all the way from Billericay in Essex
after seeing The Mail on Sunday article on 23rd June.

"What an interesting use of a small area! We learnt a lot!"
Carol & Olivia.

The Mayors Open Garden Trail 23rd June 2013

"What a fantastic day Geoff !!! Thanks so much for all that you and everyone else have done to make this terrific community project a huge success !! I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the gardens even though the weather recently has done its best to mess all the hard work up . You are definitely one of the true community heroes of Seaford and one the we are very proud of . Great work , great fun !!! Thank you once again for all that you have done."
Cllr. Anthony White, Mayor of Seaford.

National Gardens Scheme Festival weekend 15th & 16th June 2013

"An inspirational garden on a scale we can recognise."
Roger & Dianne Mead

"Who needs a lawn? Great use of space! Wonderful planting."
Jennie Wood

*** Mayor of Seaford, Cllr. Anthony White ***

"Thank you so much for your support for the mayor and charities both past and ongoing, Seaford is proud of its associations and voluntary groups and Driftwood Garden is extremely highly regarded for the efforts that it consistently offers."
May 2013

Surrey Hardy Plants Society 25th May 2013

"What a lovely day it was on Saturday. Your garden was looking splendid despite it being a bit early in the year for you. We realised you had worked hard to get it ready for the middle of May.Thank you so much for your warm welcome and hospitality."
Angela Baker, Sec HPS

Outline TV Productions April 2013

"It was such a privilege to come and see your garden- both myself and Clare were really impressed with what you have done. We will most definitely bear you in mind for any future programmes to do with gardens as yours is an exemplary example of what can be done and your garden is truly worthy of being shown on television."
Rebecca Leopold, Researcher, Outline TV Productions
April 2013


*** Garden News Judges Comments ***

"Small gardens can be a challenge trying to fit in everything you want. They're even more of a challenge when they're on a slope, making them look even smaller. But Geoff Stonebanks has created something special, filling his garden with huge range of plants without making the garden look cramped. Individual sculptures and the results of Geoff's beach combing (he lives close to the sea) equal a coastal heaven with its own distinctive personality."
Geoff Hodge, Judge Garden News Garden Competition
September 2012

"Seaside special! Crammed and quirky this colourful Sussex garden is a worthy winner. This Sussex seaside garden spot pushes the boundaries of how much you can cram in to one small garden."
Greg Loades, Garden Writer, Garden News
October 2012

ARTWAVE 2012: 25th August to 9th September

"Wonderfully uplifting! Thank you."
Wendy Maples, Lewes

"Amazing garden, beautiful art, so much in a small space."
Jeremy Moulsdale

"Lovely way to spend an afternoon. Great art, tea and cakes, gorgeous!"
Maureen & Judy, Seaford

"Such a beautiful garden, lovely sculptures/ceramics, loved the owls and Mark's wonderful paintings."
John & Jane Parsons

"Stunning! a really perfect way to end a day!"
Wendy Osorio, Surrey

"Fabulous, a vision became a beautiful reality. The visit was a perfect treat for my wife's birthday."
Judith & John Wilson, Peterborough

"A visual extravaganza! Thank you! Really good tea too!"
John & Kate Bailey

"Nice cup of tea, very interesting art work. Something around every corner!"
Pat Kent, Eastbourne

Private Visit to Celebrate Birthday 18th August 2012

"All I can say is THANKS you made the experience so wonderful for my mother. In fact, for all of us!! Your garden is obviously beautiful but your vibrant personality and easy-going nature, certainly adds an extra sparkle!"
Jacqueline Isabeaudoo, Seaford

National Gardens Scheme 12th August 2012

"I thought your garden was stunning and beatifully designed, so full of wondeful collections of plant and objet d'art. Your hospitality and friendliness shone through."
Sheila Weatherill, Croydon

"Awe inspiring! Didn't want to leave!"
Rod Shepherd, Hove

"Wow! You are an inspiration, stunning garden. Well done!"
Linda Clarke, Bexhill

"Living in Spain for 10 years, it is wonderful to see a beautiful english garden THANK YOU."
Hazel Brooks

"Every area is created with passion and beauty and intrigue!"
J Heron

"Came around the corner and said "WOW" utterly fabulous."
Pete and Chris Andrews-Dawson

Macmillan Garden Trail 5th August 2012

"You are a diamond Geoff, this was so well organised, you put in a great deal of work. If it wasn't for people like you these charities wouldn't exist. Good on you, I feel priveleged to be a part of it."
Julie Basham, garden owner

"Awesome! Stunning! Very well done Geoff!"
Karen Rayner

"Well done and thank you! A privilege to visit."
Brendan & Frances Dole

"So much to inspire, gorgeous."
Jan, Telscombe Cliffs

"Most enjoyable oasis of calm, lovely to rest and reflect!"
Ingrid Street

"Congratulations Geoff – for all your enthusiasm – and vision. What a wonderful result!"
Caroline Archer, Garden owner

National Gardens Scheme 22nd July 2012

"What an inspiration! Truly wonderful! Many thanks."
Maggie and Laurence

"Greatly enjoyed our visit, so different and a surprise around every corner."
John & Betty

"Amazing! So well cared for! Such care in the design!"
Frances Sadd

"It just gets better each year! Congratulations on giving such pleasure to so many!"
Ann Jacobs

*** Daily Mail Judges Comments ***

"I've seen hundreds of gardens over the 21 years of judging the Daily Mail Competition and believe me, you are up there with the best of them."
Hamish Webb, Judge Daily Mail National Garden Competition
July 2012

"This bright, beach-inspired plot embraces its location with imaginative planting."
Tim Sharples, Chair Daily Mail National Garden Competition Judges
August 2012

"Nick, Tim and myself found choosing a winner from four such fantastic gardens very difficult. Any of the four were good enough to win, different judges may, I suppose, have chosen a different winner".
Hamish Webb, Judge Daily Mail National Garden Competition
July 2012

1st Mayors Open Garden Trail 8th July 2012

"And big thanks to you Geoff for the vision & organisation. You did us all proud."
Sam Shippen: Town Clerk

"Eye opening collection of gardens!!"
John Burgess

"The most fantastic garden. Wonderful sculptures and beautifully displayed, inspiring pictures, really wonderful!"
Chris & Jo Burchell Collins

"Imaginative planting, interesting areas to explore - delightful!"
Jenny & Colin Garton

National Gardens Scheme 1st July 2012

"Beautifully thought out garden, but also intuitive, creative and inspirational. And tightly maintained!!"
Jill Tattersall

"Wonderful! Love it! Worth the journey from Worcester Park Surrey!. Good Luck with Daily Mail judging on Friday"
Mike & Tish Bartlett Jones

"This garden is a labour of love and reflects the splendour of God!."
M Angelakis

"Just shows what you can do with a difficult site and boundless imagination. We really enjoyed our visit."
I & R Jones

National Gardens Scheme 19th June 2012

"Absolutely immaculate, as ever!"
Rosie Lloyd, Asst County Organiser, NGS

"Wonderful patchwork of plants, objects, design etc all well thought out and beautifully juxtaposed."
Dorry & Alan

"Lovely to have a small garden you can relate to!."
Pauline Hellards

"A wonderful small garden, well worth the visit - very tranquil."
D Wakely

"Thankyou for the DRIFTWOOD experience - the colour & the sunny corners - the tea!!!"
Jane & Margaret

"Driftwood in Seaford is like a mini Giverny, giving a colour palette similar to Giverny."
Charlotte Weychan

"The work you have put into raising money for all the different charities combined with the different experiences and emotions Driftwood Garden brings to people is a hard equation to beat."
Rosa Bottrill

St Wilfrid's Secret Garden June 2012

"I want this garden. It is the most beautiful garden I've ever visited and it is a great inspiration."
Gill & Trevor Richards

"Fantastic, quirky, really interesting! Brilliant."
Sarah & Daniel

"Absolutely delightful. Much appreciation to you for all the thought and work put in to this beautiful garden."
Dionne Lee-Williams

"A real joy! A lovely surprise around every corner"
Helen & Molly

Jubilee Weekend 2012

"There's hardly an inch of space where there isn't something growing and it's so beautifully planted you'll love your visit."
Charlotte Weychan

"As for your garden Geoff - I really can't get over it. I can only express it in a string of superlatives - stunning would be just the beginning. I have huge admiration for the way you have approached the whole fund-raising enterprise and your pure professionalism over the whole venture. You deserve all the accolades, editorials, interest - and more."
Gillian Weaver

"Delightful/wonderful Aladins cave of a garden.... I shall return again and again.... A masterful work of art."
Susan Kleiman

"Beautiful garden, feels ten times the size it is. What a great achievement!"
Sarah Wilson


Artwave 2011

"You have a great variety of artists and artwork and the way in which you have displayed it in your various garden rooms is extremely creative. You give your visitors a really inviting welcome and then allow them to feel free to browse and enjoy and work out what they want to buy. There is a real skill in allowing the customer to take time to enjoy and make decisions and you and Mark have cracked it. You are truly representing your artists and I am sure they are very appreciative."
Angie Osborne

"Congratulations on another excellent Artwave and for organising the impressive collection for the new Cancer Centre. People leave Driftwood with such positive feelings about your work and that encourages them to give generously! So it is really a big thank you to you both."
Sylvia Argyle

"Different everywhere you look - fantastic! Ace hosts too!"
Diane & Emmeline Ravilious

"Absorbing, inspiring... a local treasure and brilliant cakes."
Duncan & Deborah

"Amazing garden and what a setting for the art - wonderful. Thank you! "
Penny Ellis

"Wonderful and creative garden and art in keeping. "
Di Langley

"Fantastic creativity."
Rosa Botterill

"Goodness, an inspiration! Loved the wooden sculptures."

The Mayor's Open Garden 14th August 2011

"Lovely - lots of little rooms full of surprises. Brilliant!"
Eddie Sharon

"A Fairy tale come true!"
Ursula Paula

St Andrews Church Opening 23rd July 2011

"Very inspirational - a hidden treasure - peaceful and tranquil - I'll return!"
Janice C

"Beautiful ambience, so peaceful, artistic and creative!"
Sarah Pell

Seaford Open Garden Day 17th July 2011

"Full of atmosphere, a lovely example of a labour of love."
Jan Tapper

"Totally envious, hope mine will get to look like this one day!"
H Marshall

The Garden Gadabout 2nd & 3rd July 2011

"Beauty is something which this world values less and less. We are desperately in need of spaces like this."
Alex Balerdi

"I saw a garden today that warmed my heart! It was immaculately presented and open for charity, but so filled with love and creative spirit that I'll never forget it! We're talking about a plot that's on a steep gradient and very close to the sea, but Geoff has worked wonders here ... so do go and visit if you can!
Charlotte Weychan

"Wonderful, inspiring garden, the best I've ever visited. Thank you!"
Maggie Hansen

"Probably the best small garden we have ever seen and on second visit it was even better!"
Evelyn Ransom

"Wonderful garden, full of interest and creativity - it's given me plenty of inspiration."
D & G Randall

" A feast for the senses! I didn't want to leave!"
Jennie & Dave Langly

Baskervilles Private Garden Club Visit 27th June 2011

"A treasure chest of stunning plants and artwork."
Maggie Whitmore

"Lost for words - an amazing garden."
Jenny Pale

The National Gardens Scheme 25th June 2011

"Great ideas for plant combinations and use of containers."
Valerie & Mike King

"A wonderful unique garden, full of interest - truly amazing."
J Dean

"Impressive! Such hard work - individual and terrific."
Lola Bunbury-Davis

"A fabulous garden - so much to see and take in. Will visit again to see what we've missed!"
John & Margaret Downham

The Cinnamon Trust 18th June 2011

"Beautiful garden - imaginatively planted - very inspirational."
J Carroll

"Love it, it's a real little paradise."
Liz Holland


Artwave 2010

"A delightfully arty garden"
Sheila Matthews

"This garden gets better and better each year.
It deserves to be in the NGS Yellow Book! It is beautiful. Well done!"

Janice Dennington

"The most imaginative garden we have ever seen! Full marks!!!!"
A.H. Thompson

"An hour was insufficient to enjoy the diversity of artists work and
wonderful planting thank you"

Jan Pollard

"Well! What a delight, I didn't have enough eyes!"
Lesley Atkinson

"Fabulous garden and cup cakes!"
Lyn & Peter Drewett

"Absolutely magical garden, full of original ideas and inspirations."
Eileen Wottsford

"Fabulous, can't stop coming back!"
Mags Karn

"Lovely, liked the different levels, textures and planting. Well done!"
Margaret Page

"Even better than last year - did not think that was possible!"
Angela Coburn

St Andrews Church Opening August 2010

"Like walking in to another world, very relaxing."
Linda Wallraven

Seaford Open Garden Day July 2010

"Absolutely fantastic! Love the fun & follies!"
Paula Elliot

The Garden Gadabout June 2010

"Inspirational plant combinations. Absolutely wonderful! Delicious teas!!"
Jane & Lance Hattat

"An inspirational use of small space(s). Thank you! "
Imogen & Roger Taylor

"I had a memorable time visiting, you come across with so much love and passion
for what you are doing that it is a must to come again!"

Sally-Mae Joseph