garth \garth\ (noun) - A small yard surrounded by a cloister. Also known as cloister garth.
"While many found the sounds coming from the garth's brooks to be musical and enchanting, Neil felt that they were noisy and distracting."
From Middle English, from Old Norse (garthr) yard. Ultimately from Indo-European root gher- (to enclose or grasp) that is also the ancestor of such words as court, orchard, kindergarten, French jardin (garden), choir, courteous, Hindi gherna (to surround), yard, and horticulture.