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Grenville Johnson and Alan Elms., My Garden (BS5)

Styles: Courtyards and small terraces, English cottage, Exotic, Formal, Jungle, Lighting, Suburban, Water

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moisture-retentive

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

This small and unique, award winning, inner city garden is packed with a huge range of container grown plants. The plants range from exotic varieties to traditional perennials that are carefully colour -themed. The accent is on colour, pattern, texture and form. There are 'rooms' or 'domains' within the garden, and each one has it's own unique character.

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Grenville Johnson and Alan Elms.

Grenville Johnson and Alan Elms.

About me
An award winning inner city garden in Bristol U.K, that is open to the public during the summer months and for The National Gardens Scheme. Viewings are by appointment only. To book an appointement please email us at: victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk, or visit our garden website at: www.victorianhousegarden.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk The garden has been featured on B.B.C Televisions 'Gardeners World' and in numerous gardening & lifestyle magazines and national newspapers. In 2006 we were finalists in The Daily Mail National Gardens Competition. The garden features include a temple folly ruin, Italianate garden, stumpery, an exotic garden, wildlife pond, water cascade and ferny grotto, southern hemisphere garden and a rocky outcrop all within the space of 18 feet by 20 feet. It has been described as an example of 'innovative inner city gardening.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
The garden has received considerable acclaim, and there have been numerous features on television, and in gardening magazines & national newspapers. We were delighted to receive an official visit from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bristol when they viewed the garden during the Summer of 2008 and 2009 after we won 'Bristol in Bloom' for 'Best house frontage', and we were outright winners for best street entry. The garden is the smallest garden to open under the auspices of The National Gardens Scheme, and it was given a special whole page feature in the famous 'Yellow Book' during 2007: 'Small is beautiful'. In 2010 the garden is featured in two books: 'Dream Gardens of England' written by Barbara Baker: Publisher: Merrell, & 'Big Gardens in Small Spaces' by Martyn Cox. Publisher: Timberpress. We are grateful to the garden photographer Jason Ingram for permission to use his photo.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Keeping the Slugs and Snails away from a large collection of Hostas, although our resident garden frogs are doing a grand job !

The gardening project I am currently working on
Maintaining and developing the garden and looking at additional features to give it a greater 'Wow factor'!

Grenville Johnson and Alan Elms.'s forum posts

'Dream Gardens of England'.
Fri. 18th June 2010 08:40


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