total area of the garden is 3 acres of which about 2 acres is intensively
planted. The garden has been created from scratch around a converted
stone barn and has taken over 20 years. It has been planned to give
pleasure and interest at all times of the year.The garden is on
flat ground and has easy, direct access from on-site parking - making
it a pleasure for all visiting parties.
The garden was started in 1985 when we moved here with two small
boys. At first the acre of land was tamed, grassed and then some
shrubs and trees added to make a playground for the boys. Then we
made a few flowerbeds and I discovered plants.
In 1992 we bought a further two acres at the rear of the house from
the farmer and grassed it by hand with 300kg of grass seed. In the
following year we opened for the National Garden Scheme in September
and have opened each year ever since raising over £10,000
for the scheme.
The garden has been designed as a number of different areas or rooms,
each with a different style and feel, these are all linked together
by a grass road which runs around the house and down through the
orchard. Each room provides a different habitat and planting opportunity.
It is a country garden set amoung fields in the Vale of York. There
are no spectacular views but the garden fits into the open landscape
with interest concentrated in the garden. We have made the garden
between us, coming up with the design ideas together, refining them
and then Howard puts the structure and hard landscaping in place
followed by me doing the planting and maintenance. Over the years
I have built up a collection of plants by visiting gardens and nurseries
all over the country, many of the plants are unusual. I am still
collecting, but have become more discerning, looking for plants
which will like my soil and situation.
The planting is colour themed so that at any time of year in any
part of the garden there will be different flowers with style and
colours that go well together. We have well drained soil and a dry