The first evidence of a garden layout at the rear of Pickford’s House is illustrated on street plans drawn in the middle of the 19th century. The garden seen here today is based on the French parterre design in which paths surround symmetrical beds edged in box and yew. To the side of the house is a wonderful wildlife garden. Although this is laid out in a formal style, its main objective is to provide year round food for wildlife in the form of nectar and berries.
What can I see?
The planting plan mainly incorporates species that would have been available during the Georgian period. However the Hydrangea petiolaris (1865) and Wysteria floribunda (1830) were retained because they were well established despite being of a later introduction date. Fragrant herbs and the heady perfume of Jasmine fill the air, making it a delightful space to sit and relax.
What can I learn?
During Georgian times, many newly built townhouses only had laundry areas at the rear. In towns, recreation facilities for walking, sitting and outdoor entertainment were provided by public and pleasure gardens.