This mature Victorian Walled Garden, 1.2 acres in size, is to the rear of the house and in the words of Gerald, “is a gardener’s garden”. It’s functional with an array of vegetables and a herb garden providing fresh produce for the household, several varieties of fruit trees such as apples, pears cherries and flowering plants and shrubs. Gerald’s mother, Irene, loved her roses and there are several old varieties in the garden including a unique plant with a variegated leaf that she had grafted.
The original box hedge runs through the garden neatly dividing the garden into sections creating some directive to the planted areas. Large pear trees cling to the impressive thirteen foot high stone walls held together with lime mortar and form the boundary to the south and west side of the garden maximising on the sun / heat coverage. On the east side are the original Messenger Glass Houses built there in 1890.
In 1936, Gerald’s Grandmother, Gwendalline (born 1925), planted a mixture of 30 cooking and eating apples purchased from Loxton Brothers of Bath, in the UK for £30 with a delivery cost of 9 shillings. A lot of these trees are still producing and have the original “tree tag” still on them.
Gerald’s mother and father, Irene and Peter Roche, moved into Woodville House in 1954 and took over the role as curator of this garden. Irene was a keen Gardner and had a reputation for flower arranging. His Dad, Peter, was a keen bird watcher and was President of Bird Watch Ireland, Irene sadly passed away in 2014 transferring the responsibility of this garden to Gerald and Helen to care for generations to come