The Garden Gadabout

Sundays 13 & 20 July 2008
11am to 5pm

If you like to visit gardens and enjoy tea and cake in the garden, you'll be spoilt for choice on Sundays 13th & 20th July. More than 40 private gardens will open to the public from 11am to 5pm to raise money for the Sussex Beacon. This year, the well-established garden trails at Montpelier and Kemp Town are joined by new garden trails at Round Hill, Queen's Park/Hanover, Peacehaven and, of course, at Fiveways.

The Fiveways trail includes the romantic shady chalk garden at 182 Springfield Road, the minimalist garden at 90 Edburton Avenue and two sunny gardens in Florence Road at No's 55 and 59. On Sunday 20th July only, the garden at 32 Stanford Avenue will join in and open for teas.  

The garden owners at 55 Florence Road are aiming to tempt you to their tea garden with delicious high quality teas. They plan to offer various teas, real coffee, cucumber sandwiches, homemade scones with butter and jam & cream, chocolate fairy cakes and a delicious homemade lemon drizzle cake made from  organic ingredients.

For some people, visiting gardens is all about plants and flowers, for others it is about layout and design and for yet others, it is about seeing those special private places that gardeners have created around the City. Whatever the reason for visiting, there is plenty to choose from with gardens ranging from the starkly modern to the romantic, abundant with flowers. There are great ideas for making your own small space become a place you'll want to invite others to share.

At £1 entry per person at each garden, you can afford to visit several in an afternoon out. A free brochure can be picked up from the Sussex Beacon shop in St. James's Street, the Visitor Centre by the Pavilion and at selected cafes and shops around the City. You can download the brochure at

Posted: 28th of June 2008