From the comfort of your own home explore a wide variety of gardens in this south Herefordshire village set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to Goodrich Castle. Three of the gardens open for the National Garden Scheme, two are designed by RHS award-winning designers and others are supporting St Michael’s Hospice for the first time.
Large or small, new or mature, there are many hidden horticultural gems to discover and all have beautiful views, many of Coppett Hill, a local nature reserve with its wide variety of flora and fauna.
Goodrich Church of England (VC) Primary School HR9 6HY
Head Teacher Karen Miles and the children from Goodrich School Gardening Club
The construction of the school nursery necessitated the re-siting of the school garden. A rundown, overgrown and uneven corner of the school field was selected and work began. During the summer of 2019, the area was cleared and levelled, a retaining bank created, and the dead willow tree felled. Gradually the garden began to take shape. Sheds, a polytunnel and greenhouse were erected. Child-friendly raised beds appeared, and planting commenced. The children of Goodrich Gardening Club have taken up the challenge of developing the area for the whole school to use, to learn, to relax and to enjoy. The hard work and commitment of the children and everyone involved has been rewarded, as the garden has already been accredited with RHS Level 3 School Garden award. The garden is in its infancy and what you will see on your visit is part of its journey.
The Old Court House HR9 6JE Assistance dogs only
Lawrie and Roz Lowe
The gardens of this 17th– Century house command wonderful views towards Coppett Hill and Symonds Yat. Renovations have been ongoing since 2012. These include a new greenhouse, a vegetable garden with raised beds and the planting of new fruit trees. The overall design of the garden has however, been retained. There are extensive lawns and flower beds, which are set off by ancient stone buildings and hard landscaping. There are bee hives in the garden.
Mike and Nicky Smith
In 2013 the owners bought Granton Barn and spent two years converting it into a home. They then appointed RHS award-winning designer Peter Dowle to design the garden. The end-result has delighted the owners as the design uses natural materials and retains the open plan feel of the original area. All the plants are new apart from some established trees and lovely old roses. The natural scheme and soft colour palette has created a relaxing and informal space to blend in with the surroundings.
Peter and Liz Cliffe
A short steep drive leads to a flat garden containing shrubs, herbaceous borders, pergola and a gravel garden. A raised vegetable plot, espaliered fruit trees and summer flower annuals in containers and pots can be admired when walking around the garden which wraps around the house. There are gravelled, grassed and paved paths.
Mulberry House Assistance dogs only
Adrian and Tina Barber
A beautiful, peaceful and inspiring half-acre garden created from scratch thirteen years ago. The garden is imaginatively planted and nurtured by a professional gardener with an artistic eye. Winding paths lead you to themed herbaceous borders, areas of shrub planting including clipped box and ornamental grasses all providing a long season of interest. There are a series of seating areas to enjoy with views out to beautiful listed buildings. Also an inspirational potager area to enjoy.
The Nutshell HR9 6HG Assistance dogs only
Richard and Louise Short
The Nutshell is a cottage garden set in about half an acre of land, created from scratch over the last 20 years on what was meadowland. The garden is made up of different areas separated by herbaceous borders and rose arches. There are many different peonies, delphiniums, geraniums, roses and an extensive collection of hostas. The owner has a keen interest in propagation with many plants in two polytunnels. Other areas of interest include two wildlife ponds, a small orchard, free-range bantam chickens as well as a vegetable plot with greenhouses.
Kevin and Mandy Fuller
A Mediterranean-meets-English Country garden on the slopes of Coppett Hill. Lovingly created with interestingly planted borders. Admire the splendid view west towards the hills of Wales as you walk around the back of the property. Plans are in place to develop other areas of the garden.
Quarry Cottage Assistance dogs only
Phil McKelliget and Wendy Innes
A pretty cottage garden, packed with flowers, fruit and vegetables. A network of narrow paths and hidden lawns allow you to enjoy surprising views of the cottage, garden and surrounding countryside. Steep, slippery and uneven paths and steps might make access to some areas difficult but whilst enjoying the garden, you will be able to listen to some live guitar music, played by Phil McKelliget.
Roy Smith and Jo Ward-Ellison
Just ten years ago deer fencing was put up to enclose two acres of hillside on Coppett Hill above the River Wye with the idea to create a modern country garden in keeping with the local natural landscape. Home to designer Jo Ward-Ellison and her husband Roy the garden is predominately naturalistic in style with a contemporary feel and has a long season of interest. Features include grass hedges, a small orchard, a pond loved by wildlife, and a meadow and kitchen garden with fabulous views. Some steep slopes, steps, uneven paths and a large unfenced pond but plenty of places to sit. Featured in The English Garden Magazine and Country Living Magazine.
Ian and Jan Hawkins
A mature garden, laid out in the 1920s by its then-artist owner, the watercolourist George Marks. The cottage has a natural woodland setting on Coppett Hill. The owners have an ongoing restoration plan for the garden to maintain the original structure and to garden organically to help wildlife. Walk through the yew arch and discover places to sit and enjoy the wonderful views. The garden has slopes, steps and uneven pathways.
Please park at the school (HR9 6HY) or in the village centre.
Tickets, maps, plant sale and refreshments in the Village Hall.
Well-behaved dogs on short leads will be welcome at many of the gardens.
For those who don’t wish to walk, a shuttle service will take visitors to the four gardens opening on Coppett Hill.