On the coastline of Kent, a community of gardeners offer a seaside retreat. From fishermen’s yards to formal gardens, Whitstable gardens blend seamlessly with their coastal landscape. By sharing their gardens, this group hope to inspire and encourage those new to gardening with their ingenuity and style.
A closer look…
A welcome view
The visit begins at 19 Joy Lane, where Garden Owner, Francine, started her garden from scratch just eight years ago. Her passion for succulents is obvious as you are welcomed in a porch overflowing with interesting and exotic plants. In the garden, container-grown veg and herbs are in abundance and hens mill around – bringing typical country views to the seaside.
Local interest for decorations
Clever planting for hard-clay soil and strong coastal winds
Next is 5 Clare Road – a beachcomber’s garden packed with drought-tolerant plants, growing among driftwood, pebbles and shells. Its owners, Janet and Philip, also grow their own with a small herb garden and raised beds in the meadow beyond.
Planting and paint coordination
Explore the village to discover 21 Alexandra Road. Garden owner, Sarah, has beautifully planted and accessorised her spacious front garden. Follow the path behind the house to discover the meadow garden, complete with chickens milling around.
Finally, take a wander through Paul’s garden. 87 Albert Street has a perfectly formed tiny garden, packed full of unusual plants and brimming with flowers. It is a testament to its’ owners enthusiasm and plant knowledge. Walls are clothed with glorious climbers and even the minute front garden is a joy.
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