The Gothic folly was built in the summer of 2016  by Redwood Stone Ltd       

The gothic folly upholds the tradition that has formed a significant part of the heritage of the English garden landscape for the past few hundred years.

We are delighted to have had the opportunity during the summer of 2016 to work with Redwood Stone Ltd with the initial concept and design process in order to transform and update the upper area to the  garden, and encompass a romantic Gothic church ruin with a font and other architectural elements into our small garden space.

A replica of ‘Tooth Ache Man’  that was inspired by a Medieval carving at the famous Wells Cathedral in Somerset UK, has also been added to the folly location. Apparently, medieval stone masons often suffered from toothache due to their partiality for drinking sweet cider. On a rear raised wall a series of gothic windows  are supported by aged brick buttresses, and form a cloister corridor as an imposing backdrop. Two aged wooden church style doors  hang from  rusty iron work hinges, and a large grotesque Iron door knocker on one of the doors all add to the theatrical atmosphere. A marble top table is also located in the seating area .

The planting scheme in this part of the garden incorporates the needs of Bees and Pollinating Insects, and we are delighted to support the research that is currently being undertaken by Bristol University to investigate the serious decline of some species of Bees.

The large Terracotta pots and planters that are located in this area are also planted with colourful and exotic planting schemes that are inspired by the late Christopher Lloyd. During the summer months these plants include Lupins, Lilies, Cannas, Dahlias and ornamental grasses. An architectural Artichoke plant that often reaches a height of nearly one and a half metres with giant and exotic flower heads is also growing in a large Terracotta container in this area of the garden. During the spring there are colourful displays of ‘Tete a Tete’ Narcissi together with exotic ‘Queen of the Night’ Tulips, and other miniature varieties of spring bulbs.

A large gothic font is located within the area, and is filled and planted with colour co-ordinated exotic planting schemes that are accompanied by a variety of  ornamental grasses.

Lavenders that are planted in other containers in this area of the garden provide high volumes of perfume throughout the summer months, and they also attract and provide food sources for Bees and Pollinating insects. Varieties of Sedum and Sempervivum (Houseleeks)  also add to the exotic planting scheme.