The plant-packed garden and home of a late TV and radio gardener is up for sale.
Mount Pleasant Farm in Yorkshire was home to plantsman Geoffrey Smith (inset) from 1975 until his death aged 80 in 2009. It’s on the market for £700,000.
The five-acre (two hectare) plot with a four-bedroom 19th century stone cottage is located near Harrogate. It will be recognisable to gardeners who followed Geoffrey on TV in the 1970s and 1980s.
The garden appeared in hit BBC shows, including Geoffrey Smith’s World of Flowers, watched by an audience of five million people in 1984.
Previous shows presented from the garden include Mr Smith’s Indoor Garden, Mr Smiths Favourite Garden, Mr Smiths Fruit Garden, Mr Smiths Vegetable Garden and Mr Smith Propagates Plants.
“The garden evolved over time and the planting changed to suit whatever series my dad was filming,’ said Caroline Smith, who is selling the property on behalf of her mother.
“Dad was a real plantsman and right up to the end he still had to have a weekly fix of visiting Daleside Nurseries, which was his favourite place to buy plants. He was passionate about many plants, but particularly liked rhododendrons, lilies and primroses,” Caroline added.
Partially enclosed by high hedges, the garden consists of a series of outdoor ‘rooms’. The front garden boasts a large rockery planted with alpines. This was originally a pond built for one of Geoffrey’s TV shows, but it was filled in to make it easier as he got older.
A sandstone terrace leads to a neatly clipped lawn. Spires of alliums, aquilegias, hostas and cornflowers rub shoulders in an island bed under a towering blue cedar. Ferns, ligularia, rhododendrons and a carpet of sweet woodruff knit together under a birch.
Before moving to the property, Geoffrey had worked as superintendent of Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate.
Geoffrey also presented Gardeners’ Direct Line with Peter Seabrook and was a presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World in the early 1980s.
Mount Pleasant Farm is on the market with Carter Jonas. Call (01423) 523423.