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Sussex Beacon ‘Garden Gadabout’

Besi Besemar June 13, 2014

Private gardens in Brighton & Hove open to public to support local charity starting June 21.

Beacon Garden gaddabout

More than 40 private gardens and community spaces will be open to the public on June, 21-22 and 28-29, for the Garden Gadabout 2014.

Gardens will be open from 11am – 5pm each day. From small city courtyards to expansive open spaces, there are gardens to discover in Hove, Montpelier, Fiveways and Roundhill, Preston Park and Surrenden, Stanmer, East of Brighton, and coastal areas.

Visitors can get green ideas to take home or simply enjoy the cakes, lunches and refreshments that many of the gardens will be offering.

To find out more about gardens open near you CLICK HERE: 

The annual event raises money for The Sussex Beacon, a charity for men, women and families affected by HIV. Almost 20 years ago a few local gardens opened their gates to raise money for the Beacon. Since then, the Garden Gadabout has blossomed into one of the largest open garden schemes in Sussex.

Among the highlights for 2014 is The Garden House at 5 Warleigh Road in Fiveways and Roundhill. This former market garden is brimming with wildlife and brings together an eclectic mix of garden design; from bohemian to formal.

Local celebrity Chris Steed, from the Channel 4 programme Googlebox, is opening his garden at 70 Dale View in Hove. This surprisingly large space includes many features with gravel pathways leading you past a herb garden, rose garden, attractive vegetable plots, wild flower meadows, mixed borders and a summerhouse.

New gardens open for 2014 include 42 Brittany Road, Hove. A contemporary garden on two levels, the lawn is surrounded by borders with lots of interesting plants and combinations, perennials, annuals and shrubs to encourage wildlife. A large collection of succulents are displayed in original and creative ways.

Another new garden for this year is 25 Florence Road, Fiveways. This coastal front garden has informal planting of fruit, vegetables and flowers loosely based on the principle of forest gardening. Plus, a garden studio with ‘green roof’ seeded with downland and meadow flower mix. Tea, coffee, cakes, terracotta irrigation pots (Ollas) and plants will be for sale.

Simon Dowe
Simon Dowe

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon, says: ‘The Garden Gadabout gives people the opportunity to gather inspiration and ideas for their own gardens, as well as raising money for vital local services for people living with HIV in Sussex. Every year we have to raise 1.2 million pounds to keep our services running and the Garden Gadabout helps us to reach our target.”

The Sussex Beacon’s own hill-top garden will also be open. This tranquil space is managed by a volunteer gardening group who are committed to making the garden look great all year round. Colour and texture are abundant and the space features a sizeable pond. Visitors can relax on the patio and enjoy cream teas, ploughman’s lunches, children’s activities and plant sales.

How to Buy Tickets:

• Advance Day Tickets cost £6 / £7 on the day.

• Advance weekend tickets are £10 / £12 during the weekend, under 12’s go free.

To buy tickets online CLICK HERE: 

Tickets are also available from The Sussex Beacon charity shops on St James Street and London Road, Brighton.