The gardens at Goddards
Explore the five acres of garden rooms on a walk in the private haven of the Terry family on the outskirts of York city centre.
Goddards is now closed until spring 2022
The secret garden
The first impression of the house is it peeking through the foliage and pollarded chestnut trees as a secret escape for the Terry family in the centre of York. Hidden away from the busy street set amongst glorious gardens.
Your dog is welcome to join you on your visit to the garden, please keep on a short lead. In some places plese give way to other visitors to help everybody keep a safe distance from other households.
A working garden...
The kitchen garden
Now only taking up part of the lawn, but once responsible for feeding the Terry household and supplying the kitchens with vegetables and other staples. The kitchen garden is a prime example of what can be done with a small space. Noel Terry’s favourite apple variety, James Grieve, grows in the nearby orchard looking out across the racecourse; linking the Terry home to the heart of the Terry chocolate empire.
From the exotic to the delicious, step inside to see for yourself the varieties taking seed. You might even find a gardener pausing over a brew and happy to have a chat.
The gardens are divided into rooms as a nod to the arts and crafts style inpiration. The idea behind the rooms was that of a continuation of the house extending beyond the walls and into the garden. The outdoor rooms, similarly to those in the house, each perform a separate function with hedges and shrubs providing the structure.
The herbaceous borders
Running across the back of the house is certainly one of the most spectacular rooms of the garden, coming alive with Delphiniums, Sedums and brightly coloured Rudbeckia blooms in late summer.
Bowling green and tennis lawn
It was always a garden to be lived in as well as looked at and guests, along with the family, enjoyed several sports in the garden. Firm family favourites that you can play when you visit are tennis, clock golf and croquet. The Terry children were known for racing up and down the gardens on their bikes, speeding down the hill and attempting to get back up to the top in one go.
The elevated position of the house allowed the Terrys to look down on their once bountiful rose garden and now allows you to appreciate the garden as Dillistone intended - perhaps with a refreshing drink in hand.
The fragrant garden
The latest garden room for you to explore using the original 1928 design as inspiration and it will grow in the coming years filling out as the plants bed in, creating a pocket of space filled with floral scents from late spring into summer.
Take a walk on the wild side
Explore further into the garden for a clear change in design and feel. The formality and precision of the borders, hedges and lawns ebbs away and what is left is a much looser and natural display.
The rock garden
Is a hidden and peaceful retreat with the wildlife pond adding a different feeling to the more formal pond in the lawn. After a particularly wet spell look out for water cascading over the limestone. It's the perfect place to pause a while and watch wildlife.
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