Grenville Johnson welcomes you to the tour of this very special, small, & unique inner city garden that is located just three miles from the centre of Bristol in the UK.

  © Photograph by kind permission of Jason Ingram www.jasoningram.co.uk

© All other photos on this website are copyright of Alan Elms and Grenville Johnson.

One of the hundred ‘Dream Gardens of  England.’ & featured in the book: ‘Dream Gardens of England’ published by Merrell in 2010.

The garden is also featured in the book ‘First Time Gardener’ by Frances Tophill  co – presenter of BBC’s ‘Gardeners World’.

In 2015 the garden was selected by Alan Titchmarsh as one of his 30 ‘Best British Back Gardens’ and was featured on the television series.

The garden has been described as ‘Romantic, Classical and Italianate complete with its own flights of fancy.’  It contains many elements that are normally found within much larger gardens, or within extensive historic estates. There are also aspects that will raise the eyebrows, and create a smile as they are playfully surreal. The romantic gothic folly ruin and church font were designed and installed during 2016 by the award winning garden folly specialists Redwood Stone. www.redwoodstone.com

Grenville passionately believes that gardens irrespective of their size and location have the capability to raise the spirits, enhance our creative skills, and feed the imagination and soul. He is aware that gardens can help to enhance and improve our overall health, relaxation, and well-being. They have the capability to be magical places that take you from the here and now to somewhere quite special.  Gardening and horticultural pursuits also provide a very positive way of keeping fit and gaining exercise.

More significantly, gardens help us to reconnect with nature and wildlife, and help us to learn to respect these natural elements that are vital to our lives, and the health of our wonderful planet. 

So many inner city gardens over the last few decades have been lost or neglected, or turned into parking spaces to accommodate the growing needs of off – street parking.  With creative thought and imagination Grenville believes that this trend can be halted, and inner city gardens can once again be turned into havens for wildlife and provide places to relax and improve our well being. Some species of Bees are currently in serious decline, but with careful planting schemes our inner city gardens can provide a rich food source for these wonderful and hard working insects.

Several years ago, Grenville was honoured and delighted to be selected by Avon Wildlife Trust as one of their City of  Bristol’s Wildlife Champions.

He continues to  work closely with the trust to promote the benefits of  preserving and protecting nature, wildlife and the natural environment. 

Visit the website at:-www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk


During the summer months the garden is open for viewings at specified dates and times


Before the 2020 open garden days are announced, the owners are currently planning and developing an exciting new feature of the garden for 2020, and more news will be shared in the Spring of 2020.


When visiting the garden and for safety reasons, please do not bring large bags or rucksacks into the garden. Also, due to steps, gravelled areas and the overall restricted size of the garden, regretfully wheelchairs or pushchairs cannot be accommodated.

If you would like to contact us please send an email to :- victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk  or phone 01179496788

We will endeavour to make a reply to your email  or phone call as soon as possible, and please remember to leave your contact details with your message.


A new woodland garden has been created together with a remodelled Grotto with a water cascade, and the addition of a Topiary bird depicting a Crane.

The  Topiary Crane bird was  supplied by Almondsbury Garden Centre. www.almondsbury.co.uk 

A view of the newly created woodland garden 2019. The plants featured in this domain include Ferns, Helebores, Hostas, Cowslips, Clematis and Honeysuckle.

The Stumpery and Grotto with the gentle water cascade was completely remodelled in 2019.

Grenville’s background in the visual arts has assisted his horticultural skills.

Grenville  enjoys utilising exciting plants with dramatic colour combinations, and  he calls this ‘Painting with plants,’

Through this he combines the elements of colour, texture, pattern and form.

A dramatic and exciting  colour scheme of Orange, Purple, Silver and Green to be found in the garden in 2019.

Toothache Man’ sculpted by Redwood Stone Ltd sits in front of the Gothic Folly in the upper raised garden folly area.

A view of a very large terracotta pot planted as a gravel garden featuring  varieties of  Sage, Sedum, Alpines and Houseleeks.

On two of the buttress walls within the Gothic folly are a pair of gothic style monarchs wearing crowns made from lead.

These were made in the late 20th century.

A  display on the garden marble – topped table. This sits in front of  two aged gothic doors.

        The garden and its ‘domains’:-

The entire garden has been designed and displayed as several themed ‘rooms’ or ‘domains’. Significantly, almost the entire garden is presented in huge pots, urns, or containers. Some of the magical and captivating elements of this unique urban garden include a Victorian style ‘Stumpery’ and Fernery, classical statuary, a gilded gate, and  very large pots and urns brimming with foliage and colour – coordinated planting themes. There is also a Grotto within an Italianate  area of the garden, and a wildlife pond.

       Media features:- 

The garden has been featured on national television including  BBC’s ‘Gardeners World’, on BBC Two’s ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ and in the television series hosted by Alan Titchmarsh ‘Britain’s Best British Back Gardens’ and also in several gardening magazines, and on local radio. In 2018 features of the garden were shown again in Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love your garden’ series on television.In 2015 the garden and Grenville’s street in Bristol UK was filmed by the BBC.

In 2015 The RHS  (Royal Horticultural Society ) featured Grenville’s street as a large show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as part of the Royal Horticultural Societies ‘Grey to Green’ campaign to improve our city streets and house front gardens.

In 2014 Grenville founded St George in Bloom which is a Royal Horticultural Society ( RHS ) affiliated voluntary group, and he is the Chair of the group that has received top RHS awards in just several years.  Details of the St George in Bloom project can be found on the website:- www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

Frances Tophill co – presenter from BBC’s ‘Gardeners World’ visited the garden. Frances kindly included its features in her book ‘First Time Gardener.’