Raymond Smith was, up to the 2nd of August 2000, the 5th generation of the Smith Family to farm at White Coppice Farm. He was known as the ‘Moosical Farmer' as he is an amateur musician, organist, choir leader and composer of 4 musicals.
After turning 50 with farming in the doldrums, and his son not interested in milking cows he decided to sell up and convert the barn into 2 three storey houses and he would live in one of them. He designed and oversaw the conversion and set about creating the garden.
He then decided to do a course in garden Design at Myerscough College and set up his company 'Stones and Roses Garden Design'. The name was chosen as he builds in stone and grows roses and it also has musical connections with the 'Stone Roses' and 'Guns and Roses' rock groups.
Apart from building his own 2 acre garden he has taken on commissions including a roof terrace, postage stamp sized and large country house gardens.
Raymond gives a talk illustrated with 350 pictures called "From Muck and Music to Stones and Roses".
Raymond's design for Chorley's entry for the Southport Flower Show - The Pipe Organ Garden won a Gold medal.
NEWS & EVENTS
Garden Openings 2018
PUBLIC GARDEN OPENING for the NGS Sunday 8th July and Saturday 14th July 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, cream scones and drinks available, wheelchair access, plants for sale, entrance £4, children under 16 free, plenty of parking.
Bookings for groups and individuals by appointment are now being taken some weekdays from the 4th - 18th July, 2-4pm,
£8 for garden walk , cream scones and short organ recital.
Junction 8 off the M61 near the Morman Temple, Take the Blackburn Rd, A674, turn right just past the Red Cat signposted Heapey and White Coppice, follow the road round until you see a sign left to White Coppice, down into the Hamlet over the bridge and follow the yellow garden open signs.