The garden features many grasses, Iris varieties, willow, Ligularia, Persicaria, and Eupatorium, and water plants (Scirpus, Juncus, etc). The plants tend to build toward late summer for their best show.
Stunning views over Guildford & the North Downs.
This roof-top water garden was originally designed and installed by the late Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1958 for what was then Harvey's of Guildford. The garden, seating and viewing platforms were spectacular. The public could walk through the pond garden on stepping stones, and a waterfall cascaded down the south side of the building. Eventually though, the garden grew overgrown and was closed.
In 2000, the store was taken over by House of Fraser and an ambitious building project was undertaken, resulting in the atrium in the front of the store. At this time the garden was re-made in the spirit of the original.
In 2008, many the plants put in in 2000 had outgrown their space and had to be removed. The upper pond has also been converted into a gravel filter bed for the water circulating through the garden.
Corkscrew Hazel; Corkscrew Willow, Phyllostachys, Camellia, Pennisetum, Miscanthus, Deschampsia, Calamagrostis, Carex spp., Lythrum, Ligularia, Helenium, Juncus, Persicaria, Veronicastrum, Salvia uliginosa, Verbena bonariensis, Osmunda regalis.
Iris ensata, I. laevigata, I. pseudacorus, I. sibirica.
105-111 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3DU, Guildford, Surrey, England, GU1 3DU
All year. Normal store opening times.
Free. Access from Café Zest (5th Floor).