Ten gardens will be open on 10th June (10am-5pm), which makes it easy to remember.
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.
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.
Noughts and crosses by the pond. To be played with shells.
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.
Teresa has used several layers of broken pot for this arrangement.
Jelly moulds and succulents at Clare Road for Whitstable Open Gardens.
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
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.
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…
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 a very pretty garden with white walls and lots of pots.
An interesting use of plants…
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…
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 valerian on Whitstable beach…
Somewhere for lunch – Jojo’s in Tankerton is a favourite of mine.
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