About Us


The garden has been designed and developed by Lesley and John Jenkins since 1984. It is set around a 16th Century Hall House and has developed into an important modern garden in the English Garden tradition with echoes of Arts and Crafts. It covers 4 acres, is intensely cultivated and depending upon plant interest, visits can take between 2 and 4 hours. There is much more information in our 40 page Garden Booklet, price £5.

The Team

The Head Gardener is Gareth Manning. Before joining us here at Wollerton in May 2016, Gareth was at Marylyn Abbot's beautiful West Green House in North Hampshire. Prior to that Gareth was Head Gardener for 9 years at Upton Grey House, a garden which Gertrude Jekyll designed in 1908.

Senior Gardener, Phil Smith is a passionate horticulturalist with previous positions at Ragley Hall and Winterbourne House.

Assistant Gardener, Belinda Howarth has gardened for the National Trust at Attingham Park and Powis Castle for several years.


Head Gardener:
Gareth Manning

Senior Gardener:
Phillip Smith

Assistant Gardener:
Belinda Howarth

Garden Secretary:
Lucie Jenkins