Cupani Garden in Seaford 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 in 2016 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 obelisks frame the garden and the gentle sound of water from the sculpted water features adds to the peace and harmony.
The garden was closed in 2020 for part 1 of a major renovation. In the Winter of 2021/2022, we finished part 2 with a complete redesign and replanting of our long border.
Visiting the Garden: this is a treat and all visitors are made to feel welcome. We provide afternoon tea and light lunches for private visits, and we sell plants and home produce. See the Opening and Contact page 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.
Most years we feature in Seaford Scene magazine.
In 2017 visitors started writing reviews about the garden on Trip Advisor see link to read the reviews and to get a flavour of what other people thought about the garden and hospitality.