Bryan’s Ground, Presteigne

A colourful border

What the Papers and Books Say

Britain’s Top 10 Dreamy Gardens

Britain has some of the finest gardens in the world, making it near impossible to choose just ten of the best – so we’ve narrowed the field by choosing dreamy gardens created by their owners.

Bryan’s Ground

Three acres of intimate, interlocking garden rooms featuring topiary and box parterres, follies (including the Sulking House), a rose garden, colour-themed herbaceous borders, a walled kitchen garden, orchard and potager. Created by David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell (publishers of the quarterly journal Hortus), who bought the 1912 Arts and Crafts house in 1993, this idyllic, quintessentially English garden is filled with horticultural delights, wit and style.
Juliet Roberts, BBC Gardens Illustrated, January 2010 (Full article)

“Bryan’s Ground is a plant-filled, beautifully executed garden, made with liberal doses of humour as well as plantsmanship” BBC Gardeners’ World Garden Lovers’ Guide to Britain

“…a garden that takes your breath away” Deborah Kellaway, The Oldie

“This is a garden to savour, and it is likely to get even better. Lovely architectural features… backed up by strong, colourful planting.” Ursula Buchan in The Independent, July 2003

“It’s worth your life to get to a great garden in England… I was headed to the northwest corner of Herefordshire, to a garden called Bryan’s Ground… Not just some Sissinghurst or Hidcote, where the designs now seem cast in stone.” Anne Raver in The New York Times, June 1995

“A brilliant garden re-awakening being undertaken by David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell (who also produce Hortus, in my view the best gardening periodical in the country). They are knowledgeable, energetic and enthusiastic, and this will be a major English garden very soon.” Judith Hitching in A Guide to Garden Visits, 1999

“Bryan’s Ground couldn’t be more idyllic.” Express on Sunday Magazine

“A young garden: incredibly, the owners moved here as recently as November 1993. They have made wonderfully good use of the inherited structure (yew hedges and mature trees…) and filled it with good plants. Full of original ideas.” Charles Quest-Ritson in The RHS Gardener’s Yearbook, 1997

“This ambitious new seven-acre garden… is full of challenging ideas, variety and drama. The entrance is wonderfully bold – 30 varieties of apple, laid out formally in square beds with Iris sibirica. A garden well-worth visiting on a regular basis.” The Good Gardens Guide, 2001

“Home of Hortus, the widely acclaimed quarterly magazine, this garden is a feast of horticultural delights.” The Good Gardens Guide, 2003

“Over the past four years Wheeler and Dorrell have created an extraordinary and original garden… New areas are being developed all the time… These are gardeners of the eye and heart.” Mary Keen in Perspectives on Architecture, 1998

“This is my kind of garden.” Montagu Don, The Observer


Bryan’s Ground is also the home of the
best-selling gardening quarterly HORTUS