The Garden at Poplar Grove is central to the ceramic work and to display and sell work at my annual exhibitions. It has evolved since 1986. The garden is primarily a domestic space and has an exhibition garden, scented garden, living roof and a sunken pebble mosaic ‘cave’. The microclimates created by the buildings and suburban infrastructure provide ideal shelter for half hardy and tender planting, some of which is rare. Plants of note are Iochroma Australis, Paulownia Tomentosa, Melianthus Major, and Abutilons together with many other plants which are strong on form and texture. Echium pinninana looks promising this year.

Recent changes include a new viewing platform with seat to look down on the space from the top of the arch; new plantings on the main borders; new trees and a bug hotel screen. Environmentally friendly front garden/driveway.


The garden has been featured in many press articles and on television. It also won the Sunday Times ‘Back Garden of the Year’ Competition for Best Established Garden. Click here to read the article.

  • The Independent
  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Garden – the RHS magazine (2007 and November 2014)
  • RHS Japan December 2014
  • ‘Dream Gardens’ 2008 by Andrew Lawson
  • ‘The Historic Gardens of England’ Cheshire volume 2009
  • Cheshire Life


The garden was going to open for the National Garden Scheme in June this year, but due to government restrictions , all visits are cancelled until further notice.