Information about Cupani Garden

Cupani Garden in Seaford, newly named in 2016 and formerly known as Sandgate Close garden, is an award-winning tranquil haven, a delightful mix of trees, shrubs, perennial borders, gazebo, water features, courtyard garden and lots of space to sit. We changed our garden name to celebrate our love of Sweet Peas. Cupani is one of the oldest known varieties having been introduced to our island in 1699 by the monk Francis Cupani. This sweet pea is closely related to the wild strain found in Sicily at that time.

Although small by comparison to other NGS gardens we have a deceptively large and colourful garden that offers the visitor a series of gardens to wander through, from a formal courtyard garden through perennial herbaceous borders, a fernery, cutting patch and much more. Trees, shrubs, climbing plants, and sweet pea arches frame the garden and the gentle sound of water from the sculpted water features adds to the peace and harmony.

Visiting the Garden: this is a treat and all visitors are made to feel welcome. Information sheets available. We provide afternoon tea and light lunches and we sell plants and home produce. See events for more information.

Awards and Features about the Garden

The garden was awarded the Seaford in Bloom Plantsman's Cup for most Original Planting & 2nd prize for Best Back Garden in 2010.

In 2011 The Galloping Gardener asked "is this the smallest botanical garden in Britain" and described it as "a magical world of plant wizardry" She chose it as one of her gardens of the year.

The garden was featured in Amateur Gardening 4th February 2012. Sussex Life magazine ran a nice feature on the Garden in 2015, see copy on images page.

For more information on the garden read our garden handout here.