Open Gardens: St Leonards on Sea
Saturday 9th July
St Michael’s Hospice
Upper Maze Hill, TN38 0LB
The Hospice gardener and team of volunteers ensure there is colour throughout the year with plenty of seating to enjoy the gardens and wildlife. Different areas include; tropical bed, sensory garden, herbaceous borders, woodland, greenhouses and a large Duck!
90 Priory Avenue
Tim Webb and Alun Francis
A mock Tudor house built in 1935 stands on the rise behind Hastings town with views to the ridge across Alexandra Park. Created in 2020 this new garden is arranged around a central lawn and slopes gently north east. Planted with a mixture of palms, tree ferns, non-native trees, herbaceous perennials and tender annuals aiming to create year-round interest with a sub-tropical feel. Down steps there is a grass path through an ornamental grass border to a greenhouse, small herb garden and vegetable plot.
74a Tower Road West
Chris and Christiana Meaden
This garden is just under 1/3 of an acre. There are a variety of flowers, many purchased from the Hospice Open Gardens. There are lawn and patio areas for rest and play and a pond for wild life. 28 different fruit and vegetables were grown last year and this is something the owners enjoy and helps to provide for their household. They tend to it, care for it and love it. It is one of their greatest joys.
3 Highlands Gardens, TN38 0HT
The house was built in the early 1880s. Out of the four houses built in the Scottish Baronial style in Highlands Gardens it is the only one still remaining as a single household. It is number three and as number one and two were never built, it has a large garden mainly laid to lawn and shrubs boarded by large trees. As the house was, until last year, in the same family for 100 years towards the end of that time not much was done apart from basic upkeep. So, it is a garden with tremendous potential with old paths being discovered and newly re-dug flowerbeds being re planted.
Convent of our Lady
120 Filsham Road, TN38 0PE
A garden matured over the last 40 years, with mixed herbaceous borders and mature specimen trees. Organically run and wildlife friendly with a small pond, wildflower lawn and a sensory themed cottage garden.
18 The Green
This garden backs onto the Green Lawn Tennis Club and is divided into two sections with a rose arch at it’s centre. Flower beds around the edge of both lawns have a variety of shrubs and flowers and there is also a small pond.
11 Branksome Road, TN38 0UA
A further visit to this garden which was re-designed by the late Robin Williams, a Gold Medalist at Chelsea
and later Chairman of the Show Garden Judges. Lady Fookes is keen to put a new twist on a well established garden and is now trying to develop an area for soft fruit and cut flowers for the house and add interest to the shelter belt on one side of the garden.
81 Pevensey Road, TN38 0LR
The walled Victorian kitchen garden has been created by the owners over the last 3 or 4 years out of what had been a neglected space. Raised beds have been built containing apple and pear cordon trees and a soft fruit bed. Water flows south to north along a rill from the grotto to the terrace via a central pond. The beds are designed for vegetables and cutting flowers. The main garden has brick walls, and is divided into three rooms, connected by a pergola covered with apple and pear trees. In the central space is a large pond. The bottom part of the garden is the largest area and has a summerhouse and a chapel. This is where the largest herbaceous border is. There are two lean to glasshouses against the walls,
and a small potting shed.
Directions & information
From Hastings take the A259 towards Bexhill on Sea, turn right into London Road and take the fourth left into Pevensey Road. Proceed to Upper Maze Hill.
- 10.30am – 4pm
- Parking is available on public roads, please be aware of charges and parking restrictions
- Refreshments available at the Hospice