1ST JUNE 2024

To arrange your 2024 visit, please contact
Geoff Stonebanks by email, by clicking name, or call direct on
01323 899296.

We regret that the steep drive and steps to enter the garden mean that disabled wheelchair access is not possible. Other disability access may be possible, so please call to check.

 itv The garden is part of the
Gardeners' World 2 for 1 offer in 2024,
as it has been since 2016.
You MUST present your card on arrival at garden to get discount, sorry NO exceptions, as it's all money for charity.

Gardeners' World card NOT valid for groups of visitors, just single visitors, couples and pairs of friends (4).
All monies go to charity.

I am available to give talks to horticultural societies or garden groups, either one entitled
"From City Courtyard to Seaside Sanctuary" or
"Gardening by the Sea". Current bookings shown at base of page.

The garden is located right on the 12 & 12a bus routes from Brighton or Eastbourne, alighting at Bishopstone Rd stop, so you can leave the car at home and come by bus!
Alternatively, we are a short walk from Bishopstone railway station.

Location map and full directions here.

See Geoff's home-made cake choices for 2024 here.

Take a look at the 8 local artist's work that will be on sale in the garden too by clicking here

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Open from 1st June until 31st July 2024 for private visitors, from 1 to 20, at a cost of £6.00 each. If you wish to have a talk by garden owner included, a further £2.50 each, refreshments extra. Sadly, due to rising costs, cakes now £3.50 a portion and beverages £2.50

All 2024 cake choices are shown here.
You will need to select choice 24 hours prior to visit
or take pot luck on day of visit.

All monies from private visits go to Macmillan Cancer Support for whom we have raised in excess of £114,000. If booked via NGS then monies go to the scheme.

To arrange your 2024 visit, please contact
Geoff Stonebanks by email, by clicking name, or call direct on
01323 899296.

National Garden Scheme visits in 2024

All National Garden Scheme visitors wishing to visit the garden in 2024 will have to book a private visit on any date,
from 1st June to 31st August
costing £6.00, by contacting

Geoff Stonebanks direct by email or calling 01323 899296. Sadly, due to rising costs, cakes now £3.50 a portion and beverages £2.50

All 2024 cake choices are shown here.


I am available to provide 2 different talks on the garden. The first
"From City Courtyard to Seaside Sanctuary"
(the story of my move from London and creating Driftwood and the charity fundraising).
The second,
" Gardening By The Sea"

Sally and the Patcham Gardening Network Committee said: "Thank you for an enlightening and inspiring talk. Lots of great feedback from our members and great ideas to take forward. We shall definitely be looking to book a visit this year." January 2024.

Sarah Nichol from the Slindon, Madehurst and Eartham Horticultural Society said after my talk: "Your talk really showed us how your garden has developed with some lovely ideas which could easily be translated into our own. It certainly demonstrated that you have never let the garden stand still and how much time and hard work has been involved in keeping a garden as one which people will keep coming back to. You certainly should be congratulated for all you work for charity and in getting others in the area involved in opening their gardens! Thank you again for giving us an entertaining and informative evening."
November 2023.

Barbara Edwards from Haywards Heath wrote "It was a lovely talk , and so well received by our members we had 70 people which was quite good considering the rough weather. I was really interested to learn about the creation of Driftwood and your journey from working in London to settling by the sea". March 2023

Tessa Lindop, bookings secretary for Hove Gardening Club said"Many members particularly appreciated the clarity of your diction. Everyone could hear you. That's a real bonus". March 2023

Current 2024 Bookings
Wednesday 31st January: Patcham Gardening Network.
Monday 12th February: Seaford Women's Action Group.
Wednesday 21st February: Plumpton Flower Group.
Wednesday 13th March: Lindfield Horticultural Society
Tuesday 19th March: Hailsham Gardening Society.
Wednesday 27th March: Peacehaven WI

Current 2025 Bookings
Tuesday 8th April: Friston Garden Club


Monday 3rd June: Group of 20 visitors at 1030
Thursday 13th June: Group of 20 visitors from Willingdon WI
Tuesday 2nd July: Group of 12 visitors