Press, Publications & Praise

20 great gardens

The best places to visit this summer

Chosen by Times gardens correspondent Stephen Anderton

1. Dyffryn Fernant, Fishguard Pembrokeshire.

“Beautifully conceived small gardens brimming with rich, contemporary planting surround a glowing raspberry-fool coloured house, while a bog garden subtly gives way to a wetland-valley floor. The best domestic garden in Wales.”
Stephen Anderton, The Times






Noel Kingsbury – “Blurred Boundaries” in Gardens Illustrated, September 2016                   (with photos by Claire Takacs)


Click here to read an extended, online version of the article – “The essence of sense of place…”


One of the most enchanting wild gardens I have ever seen. Dyffryn Fernant is…truly beautiful and reflect the powerful and rugged landscape it inhabits.’- Wild Garden Weekends – Tania Pascoe, April 2015

Colour and Contrast’ September 2014, Country Living Magazine

Dig In’ September 2014, Gardens Illustrated

‘Dyffryn Fernant: A garden without edges’ June 2014, Cambria Magazine

“Christina has bought a great deal of energy to this garden, and it has risen rapidly among the rankings of Welsh gardens.”– Caroline Palmer, ‘Dyffryn Fernant: A garden without edges’, Cambria Magazine, June 2014

On 27th April 2014, Christina was invited to talk about Dyffryn Fernant live on the Jamie Owen show on BBC Radio Wales. Listen to the full interview here:

Featured on BBC Gardeners’ World in March 2014 as part of Joe Swift’s mini-series Gardening Against the Odds.

‘This border is gorgeous, I love it. It’s exotic, it’s tropical… I like the way it’s taken on a life of it’s own. It’s absolutely fantastic, it’s so dramatic…’     Joe Swift

“This is a garden of Puck and Ariel and sometimes Caliban!”
Garden visitor 2013

(The garden) “was a highlight of my trip, from walking in and my first sight being a snow gum, and followed by such a feast of plants. So unexpected it’s been on my mind ever since”
Nicholas Crook, Land of Plenty, NSW Australia, 2012

Televised as an ‘inspirational garden’ on Channel 4’s Landscape Man with Matthew Wilson, 2011.
Quote from the programme: ‘I am truly inspired by this place, to see what intelligent and interesting things you can do with plants, how plants can transform a space, is really exciting. Also the way they have planned the routes and the vistas and created a narrative around this space – wonderful’

The English Garden, 2nd. article Clare Takacs photographs, written by Stephanie Mahon. May 2011
“Using elements from the land gives the impression that Mother Nature herself arranged it”
“Beyond the Bog Garden…Christina….is rewarded with scores of wild orchids”
“These areas are just the start of the gems to be discovered here”

The Garden

The Garden

Noel Kingsbury ‘Cultivating a Sense of Place’ in The Garden, October 2012

After visiting all the ‘big’ gardens in Southern Wales the two that I keep thinking about were the two that were not designed by a ‘garden designer’ but by gardeners who work the soil every day themselves – The Veddw and Dyffryn Fernant. These are gardens that demand to be looked at from a variety of different viewpoints (and probably benefit from viewing at different seasons although I am unable to do that).
Dr. Larry Handelsman. Ann Arbor, Mi., USA 2011

Discovering Welsh Gardens

Discovering Welsh Gardens

“a heart-lifting surprise, a caché of gorgeous, sophisticated gardening at the end of a rough country lane” Dyffryn Fernant Garden near Fishguard Pembrokeshire West Wales. Stephen Anderton in “Discovering Welsh Gardens” twenty of the liveliest gardens selected and explored by Stephen Anderton and photographed by Charles Hawes. Published by Graffeg 2009

Televised on ‘Escape to the Country’ BBC1 2009 and constantly repeated!

A starred garden in The Good Gardens Guide

“The just-tamed meets the decidedly wild, with even a touch of the tropics, in Christina Shand’s Welsh garden” Country Homes and Interiors Magazine

Stephen Lacey writes about Dyffryn Fernant in ‘Beautiful Britain’ 2008

“This is a garden of many parts, interesting at all seasons it all adds up to something really quite special” Good Gardens Guide 2008

Design Guide in The English Garden Magazine February 2007

“Runner up Clwb Garddio Garden of the Year competition” S4C TV 2006