Og 2019 Web Event Listing 01

Open Gardens: Winchelsea Beach

Event Date

From: Saturday, 01 June, 2019 at 10:30
Till: Saturday, 01 June, 2019 at 16:00

Event Details

***Walking tour***

White Wings, The Ridge, TN36 4LU
A wild coastal and unconventional garden behind two old railway carriages with unforgiving shingle soil, but roses, fennel, alliums and apple trees grow in spite of the free range chickens.

Pear Tree Cottage, Smeaton Lane, TN36 4LW 
On various levels this elevated corner plot catches the full force of the prevailing winds presenting quite a challenge when deciding what to plant where, and when. This garden is very much work in progress, with a mixture of shrubs, perennials & shingle which are beginning to shape this windy corner.

Wenrhos, Old Harbour Farm Lane, TN36 4JZ
Extending to around half an acre, this is an informal wildlife garden.  The many mature trees provide welcome shade in hot weather and most of the planting is a happy accident of self-propagating wild flowers including bluebells, cow parsley and forget-me-nots.

The Ship, Sea Road, TN36 4LH
Designed and landscaped by Tom Watkins, this coastal oasis brims with a plethora of plants amidst seaside props and character pieces, all at home on the seafront. True to form, Tom's creation is a living work of art.

El Indalo, Old Harbour Farm Lane, TN36 4JZ
This garden will always be a work in progress as the owners are constantly overcoming the elements and wildlife. It is as much a garden as a sculpture trail and the ongoing projects and planting are an eclectic mix of art and horticulture.

The Brambles, Smeatons Lane, TN36 4LW
The Brambles has a part shingle sheltered garden with some tropical planting and several interesting features including a summerhouse and small decked patio. The garden overlooks a shingle bank leading to the sea.

Seamist, Front Ridge,TN36 4LT
From an empty space 20 years ago, the owners have now created a magical garden with wildlife pond and an unusual collection of plants. These include palms, flowering trees and shrubs which provide shelter for nesting birds. The octagonal summer house is set within winding paths and raised beds.

St Richards Church, Sea Road, TN36 4NA

As part of this walking tour St Richards, the Church on the Beach, is generously throwing open its gates for us to wander around the tiny graveyard and peek inside the church which evolved from two garages in the 1960s. 

Teasels, The Front Ridge, TN36 4LT - this garden is now cancelled

Directions: Take the A259 to the bottom of Winchelsea Hill and turn right into Sea Road. From Pett continue to Pett Level and then into Sea Road. The Village Hall is on the left, which is the starting point.

Parking: Winchelsea Beach Village Hall 

Entry Cost: £6 for multiple garden entry

Refreshments available at Winchelsea Beach Village Hall 


If you have any questions please contact the Fundraising team on 01424 456396.

Unfortunately some of the gardens are not suitable for wheelchair users, please call us on the above number to discuss any requirements you may have. We want to ensure you have a wonderful day and are happy to talk through the access to make sure this is possible.


The 2019 Open Gardens are very kindly sponsored by Just Property 

With many thanks to Great Park Farm (Great Park Farm, Catsfield, East Sussex, TN33 9DT), a family run farm shop, nursery and cafe, for generously supplying the plants for the Hospice Plant Stall throughout the 2019 Open Gardens season.