WELCOME TO A TOUR OF THE AWARD WINNING GARDEN AT 28 KENSINGTON ROAD, BRISTOL UK.

 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.

AN URBAN HORTICULTURAL CELEBRATION OF COLOUR, PATTERN, TEXTURE , FORM & GARDEN THEATRE.

One of the hundred ‘Dream Gardens of  England.’ We are delighted to have the garden featured in the book: ‘Dream Gardens of England’  Published by Merrell in 2010.

The garden was also featured in Frances Tophill’s book: ‘First time gardener.’ 

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

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

View a short video of our garden 

 

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

Photo of the Folly taken May 16th 2020.

The Gothic Folly Ruin – photo taken early May 2020.

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 says ‘Gardens help us to realise that we as human beings are also part of natures cycle, and we need to learn to respect and connect with nature, and enjoy the benefits of our awe – inspiring natural world’ He is also 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. 

Grenville also believes that gardens should also contain elements of ‘theatre’, and can  be created and styled as ‘outdoor rooms’ and treated as  an extension to the interior of a house or dwelling. The garden has been described as ‘Romantic, Theatrical, 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

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 early spring of 2020, we have enlarged the Fernery and Stumpery and have restyled several areas of the entire garden.

Below is a photo showing the restyled Stumpery & Fernery that was taken during spring  2020. A large and mature Acer was also relocated, and is now thriving.

The enlarged Fernery & Stumpery. Photo taken early May 2020.

GARDEN OPEN DAYS 2020. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE :- PLEASE NOTE – WITH NEWS OF THE CORONAVIRUS, THE GARDEN WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR VISITS DURING 2020. 

ANY FURTHER UPDATES OR NEWS WILL BE POSTED ON THIS SITE IF THE SITUATION CHANGES OR IMPROVE

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

ALL VISITS ARE ARRANGED BY A PRE- BOOKED TIME & DATE. 

SEE OUR ‘ VISITING THE GARDEN ‘ PAGE  TO PRE- BOOK A VISIT.

When visiting the garden and for safety reasons, please do not bring large bags or rucksacks into the garden.

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.

 

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.

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 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.

        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, an ornate gate, and very large pots and urns brimming with foliage and colour – coordinated planting themes. 

       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 and during the summer of that year 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