The Gardens

Garden Map
The Original Garden Map circa 1997


Goltho House and grounds were purchased way back in 1997 in a virtually derelict condition.

It took sisters Debbie and Lesley 18 months to make the house habitable, whilst also spending time on the groundwork that was the foundation of the garden.

Starting with the boundary hedge planted, at the time in the middle of a ploughed field, they progressed to seeding the grassed areas and laying the network of paths.

Next came the nut walk and autumn gardens, followed over the next two years by finding the final layout of the garden and envisaging its composition.

The final major landscaping was completed in autumn 2000 when the old farm pond was cleared and a new pond dug above it, now the work on the colour and arrangement could start.


The garden boasts a long grass walk flanked by abundantly planted mixed borders, from which a network of paths and walkways meander out to other features.

Other features include:

The nut walk is wonderful in the spring, and lush and green in the summer.

An experimental prairie border.

A small-woodland area.

Stunning wildflower meadow.

Nearer the house lies a paeony garden.

A delightful rose garden.

Whilst the potager is planted with herbs and vegetables and makes a wonderful contrast to the rest of the garden with its formal geometric planting and brick paths.

Debbie has laid out the garden with a strong feeling of colour, form and texture both in flowers and foliage reflecting her interest in a wide range of plants, including some rare and unusual ones.