Our Story

Stonyford Cottage Gardens is unrecognisable today to what it was 35 years ago when Tony & Janet Overland and their 3 children moved there.   It was then a derelict cottage with swampy gardens, and a field of pasture.  Tony’s love of gardens started when he was a student at Kew Gardens, where he is still an active member of the Kew Guild.  His son’s Philip & Andrew have followed in his footsteps by gaining qualifications in both Landscape Architecture & Landscape Gardening.

Below are some photos of the behind the scenes work at Stonyford.  New Garden features, footpaths & walkways are just some of the work that is carried out during the winter season.

Gradually over time, the garden has been created and developed, with the first footpath being the ‘Embankment’ pathway.  This was the only access to the fields across the lake until Andrew opened the Plant Nursery in 1995.

Since then there have been further pathways and wooded walkways constructed to access the once undiscovered woodland area.

The Gardens have been lovingly created over the years and have been on Gardeners World’,  and chosen as one of the ‘Top Ten Spring Gardens in the Telegraph and is now one of ‘Cheshire’s RHS Partner Gardens‘.

Tony & Janet’s daughter Carole has since joined the business and helped to create the website, online shop and the kitchen area, which serves take out hot drinks/cakes & snacks where visitors can sit in the beautiful outdoor seating area.  (*nb. due to covid restrictions the indoor tea room is currently closed)