The italianate gardens of Hodshill were originally laid out in the 1920's as a series of terraces arranged in formal style. Key elements of the planning included finding alternatives to the high maintenance planting of the past and maximising the potential of the exceptionally mature structure planting through formative pruning and topiary. Much of the superfluous herbaceous planting was removed to expose the simplicity and beauty of the old garden structure.

The gardens of Hodshill served as an inspiration for the paintings of the artist Angela Weyersberg who spent many years engaged with their particularity as a place where areas of wilderness and refinement were allowed to coexist.