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The Times June 3rd 2017 No.1 of 20 great gardens. The best places to visit this summer…

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

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Season tickets and Gift vouchers

For the garden lover in your life, Gift Vouchers and Season Tickets will bring pleasure throughout the coming year. There are so many reasons to use a Season Ticket: See how the garden changes, watch the movement of light and … Continue reading

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The Cottage in the Garden

Between June 2nd -23rd we are now taking full week and short week bookings at reduced rates. Click here for availability and prices Come and taste the dream. Open your door to the morning sun, the abundant garden and views of … Continue reading

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We are delighted to be in Dreamscape Claire Takacs first solo book, Claire has photographed 70 of her favourite gardens internationally in this beautiful book. Of Dyffryn Fernant: “This is a skillfully created garden that comes straight from the heart, … Continue reading

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Whats coming…

New Sculpture, Walks and Talks, NGS days, Garden Talks. Walks and Talks; There are three walks and talks scheduled for 2018 the next one is Sunday July 15th 2018 2-4pm The garden in Summer. We will meet in the Library … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Garden

Congratulations to the MYTHOS SHORT STORY WINNER Lessons from the Garden by Lisa Vickers The shepherd walked across the field, his crook in his hand.  The grasses rustled in the gentle breeze and the blackbird sang a sweet melody from … Continue reading

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Spring Walk and Talk Sunday 20th May 2018 2-4 pm

  Join Christina Shand, the creator of the garden, for an intimate look at Dyffryn Fernant in Spring. Meet in the library for refreshments, then during a walk Christina will highlight the best seasonal plants and discuss how she grows … Continue reading

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NGS Open Day 6th May 2018

Our first NGS day coming up on Sunday 6th May. After a late cold early Spring the plants are finally blossoming. Lots of tulips, flowering trees and verdant growth, with any luck the Banksian rose will be in flower too. … Continue reading

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NGS open days 2018

NGS Sundays for 2018 are 6th May 5th August 2nd September We hope to be hosting further days for two local charities, Shalom Hospice, and Fishguard Rainbow Support centre. We will post details as they become available.

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Waun Fach

Waun Fach is bordered by thickets of willow which shroud the stream and our boundary on the far side – this field allows us to be a continuous part of the landscape. On the far side the wilderness sweeps up … Continue reading

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The Pond

Reflections in the water are more important to me here than floating plants, although the wildlings always sneak in. The water of the pond is for me about reflections of the surrounding countryside and the wild edges shelter wild life. … Continue reading

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The Cwm

I have tried to practice a light hand here succumbing only to some Dicksonia antarctica, Woodwardia and a few cultivated ferns amongst the natives, which are predominant.  Brambles are removed and that is all the cultivation that takes place. We … Continue reading

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The Beyond


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The Between

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The honest truth? It all happened because of the impulse to build the low stone walls with surplus stone in the area. Maybe it should have more of them inside it?
 One of the great pleasures of gardening, of having … Continue reading

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In the early days this was a nursery garden for plants before they moved into the garden ‘proper’ and an overflow for vegetables. It took a lot of cultivating. Enormous quantities of stone to move which would have supported the … Continue reading

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Hopeful Wood

A mown cruciform path, mirroring the cruciform slate path in the Bog Garden, dissects this place in spring to mid-summer. The quarters are planted with Narcissus, Fritillaria meleagris and varieties of Camassia. We allow the grasses to grow and seed … Continue reading

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Nicky’s Field

Essentially a midsummer to winter garden. The beds here are each 4 x 8m laid out geometrically. Most of the grasses are cut down in March leaving the evergreen ones to be tended. Gradually they grow, many 6’ or more … Continue reading

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Located at the Orchard end of the Long Barn, the Library has an extensive selection of books on gardens, gardening, plants, landscape and natural history. It also houses our collection of books on art and artists. The Library offers a tranquil … Continue reading

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Fernery & Camellia Walk

This used to be a hen house, but the roof had fallen in by the time I got here. One of the sons of the farm admitted to me that he stole his mothers eggs to sell for pocket money! … Continue reading

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