Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…

June 3rd, 2018
Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

Whitstable Open Gardens is held every year in June for the NGS.

Beach garden ideas from the charming fishing village of Whitstable #beachgardens

Wildflowers on Joy Lane beach at sunset. There are two gardens in Joy Lane in Whitstable Open Gardens.

But even if you’re nowhere near Kent, let me treat you to a few of the summery seaside garden ideas. This really is a delightful group of small town, beach and roof gardens.

Creative paths and terraces

Teresa Brown lives in an Arts & Crafts house – one of the earliest built in Joy Lane, Whitstable. She has been wonderfully creative with her paths and terraces, using offcuts of brick and tile to create paving.

Creative pavers in Whitstable Open Gardens

The pavers surrounding the pond include a checkers board in tiles, a sunburst plus a lizard design. Teresa did them using pebbles, tiles and other found objects. Photo by Francine Raymond.

The Browns raised five children at the house, and now they have grandchildren. She’s made a tile and brick ‘noughts and crosses’ paver beside the pond, which they can play with shells.

Hand-made pavers with stones and tile

Noughts and crosses by the pond. To be played with shells.

Jazz up cracked concrete

Teresa brightened up a cracked concrete pathway by opening the concrete up a bit more then filling it with patterns made with tiles and bricks.

Upcycled pots at Whitstable Open Gardens

Teresa has put together a number of broken pots in an unusual arrangement.

A clever idea for broken pots from Whitstable Open Gardens

Teresa has used several layers of broken pot for this arrangement.

Upcycled kitchenware used as garden pots

Jelly moulds and succulents at Clare Road for Whitstable Open Gardens.

Agricultural feeding trough used as a raised bed.

A galvanised agricultural feeding trough used as a garden planter further up Joy Lane, home of garden writer Francine Raymond.

A good twist for garden furniture

Paint a garden bench in stripes

Teresa Brown painted an ordinary garden bench in stripes of colour, and then matched it with the planting. At Joy Lane for Whitstable Open Gardens.

Paint junk shop furniture

Francine has a two-colour theme in her garden – grey and yellow. That’s because she has a yellow brick house with grey slates. She buys garden furniture in junk shops or car boot fairs and ‘pulls it all together’ by painting it either yellow or grey.

And a roof garden…

A roof garden by the beach

Ocean Cottage has a tiny roof garden with an idyllic view and lots of pots.

A garden with echoes of the beach…

The Guinea is in Whitstable Open Gardens

The Guinea is a very pretty garden with white walls and lots of pots.

An interesting use of plants…

Growing ivy up fruit trees

Teresa Brown in Joy Lane has deliberately grown ivy up some ancient fruit trees in order to have some greenery in the winter. It’s a variegated ivy so it doesn’t look too dark.

Beautiful long thin town gardens…

Long thin town gardens in Whitstable

Don’t miss Argyle Road – a typical long thin town garden transformed by Mel and Emma, great for wildlife and plant lovers.

A walk along the beach…

Wild mallow on Whitstable beach

Wild valerian on Whitstable beach…

Jojos in Tankerton

Somewhere for lunch – Jojo’s in Tankerton is a favourite of mine.

Create your own seaside garden:

See here for tips and ideas on creating the beach garden look at home,  and here for more seaside garden ideas from Whitstable.

And for more Whitstable beach…

See this video for more beach garden tips and inspiration, plus a stroll along Whitstable beach:


Whitstable Open Gardens is held in June. Tickets £6 available from the individual gardens, see the NGS website.

Faversham Open Gardens and Garden Market Day is on the last Sunday in June every year, 10am-5pm with 29 gardens and 25+ market stalls.

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Beach garden ideas from the fishing village of Whitstable #gardening #beachgardens

4 comments on "Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…"

  1. Mary Cardwell-Pearce says:

    I spent many childhood holidays in Whitstable and Tankerton. Wonderful memories of the town, the Street and the annual regatta in late 1940s and early 50’s.

  2. Stella says:

    I went to school in Whitstable so it will remind me of that

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