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.

One of the hundred ‘Dream Gardens of  England.’ & featured in the book: ‘Dream Gardens of England’ published by Merrell in 2010, and also in the book ‘First Time Gardener’ by Frances Tophill  co – presenter of BBC’s ‘Gardeners World’ and member of the team of the ‘Love your Garden’ television series.

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

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 larger gardens on extensive historic estates. There are also aspects that will raise the eyebrows, and create a smile as they are playfully surreal.

See the romantic Gothic folly ruin and font that were designed and built 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 and feed the imagination and soul.

Gardens also have the capability to be magical places that help you to relax, and take you from the here and now to somewhere quite special. 

Toothache Man sculpted by Redwood Stone peers from the foliage.

Media features:-  The garden has been featured on national television, on local radio, and in several gardening magazines including ‘The Great British Garden Revival’  on B.B.C 2,  and also on BBC ‘Gardeners World.’

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 2018 features of the garden were shown again in Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love your garden’ series on television.

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 which 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

The garden and its ‘domains’:-

The entire garden has been designed and displayed as several themed ‘rooms’ or ‘domains’.

Some of the magical and captivating elements of this unique urban garden include a Victorian style ‘Stumpery’ and Fernery, classical statuary, a gilded gate, urns brimming with foliage and colour coordinated planting themes.

There is also a Grotto within an Italiante  area of the garden with a giant clam shell and a wildlife pond below.

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.

The garden will be open  for visits during the summer of 2019. An update regarding the open days will be posted on this website during Spring 2019.

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.

Frances Tophill co – presenter from BBC’s Gardeners World visited the garden.

Frances kindly included its features in her book ‘First Time Gardener.’