been developed on a long, narrow sight (365 feet long, 25 feet
wide near the house, widening to 35 feet)
It once formed part of the orchard on the estate owned by the aristocratic
de Trafford family who had held most of the lands in the borough of
Trafford since medieval times. When the garden was purchased in 1990
only one pear tree from this orchard remained in it. Although
the blossom is still beautiful, its fruits are small. In summer it
is clothed in the climbing rose ‘Wedding Day’.
The garden did contain many other productive fruit trees, providing
delicious crops of plums, greengages, apples, pears, cherries and
peaches. Some of these trees have been retained. For the most part
the garden was laid to grass with little in the way of boundary hedging.
taken fifteen years to achieve a garden that we both love and enjoy.
Having said this, parts of it are relatively new because we have
changed and modified the planting and design of it. We live in
a suburban area, where hedges and fences denote the boundaries
of every garden. Consequently, we have no landscape to ‘borrow’ in
order to give the impression of additional width to ours.
The elongated shape of the site has to some extent dictated the design
of it i.e. a series of ‘rooms’ each with its own character
It contains a Courtyard, Mediterranean garden, a Shade garden linked
to the Kitchen Garden by a Gravel walk, Pond Garden and Woodland
garden. However, unity has been achieved by limiting the use of hard
landscaping materials and by echoing planting combinations and colour
schemes throughout the garden.
We garden organically on a sandy loam and believe in feeding the
soil rather than the plants.