This year’s open garden had our best ever turnout. We had 380 visitors and raised almost £3,000 for the National Garden Scheme charities, which for a small London garden is tremendous figure.
People came from a far afield as Bath and Brighton. Many people come because they had seen the garden on BBC 2, Gardeners’ World, some came because they had seen the garden in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, and others come because they had read about the garden wining BBC, 2019 Gardeners’ World Magazine Garden of the Year award. But a lot of people came because they had heard me talking about the garden on Robert Elms’s BBC Radio London show.
We lucked out the sun came out, the stage was set and the garden looked superb. As ever my wonderfully generous army of helpers worked diligently with keeping everyone fed, watered and dealing with the mishaps. As I’ve said many times before without these wonderful people there would be no open garden. I still maintain that is somehow doesn’t seem right that as they work I bask in the glory.
The feedback has been tremendously kind as people continued to say such nice things about the garden and the hospitality of my wonderful helpers . I was struck by the number of Jamaican how came to see, what BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, called my Slice of Jamaican Garden.
The judge, Wayne Amiel (the BBC’s current Gardener of the Year) is not expecting you to spend the next few weeks weeding. He wants to see your gardens just as they would have been, with or without his visit. That may or may not include having been weeded!
You will see there are a few exclusions – we can’t accept entries if you live outside the Parish Boundaries, for example, nor if you are a professional gardener or landscaper (sorry!!). See entry form for further details.
We hope you will all join in the fun, members and non-members alike. Free entry. Awards will be presented at the Annual Garden Party (see below for details of this).
This will be held from 6.30pm-9.00pm the same day (there is a £5 charge for non-members attending the Garden Party). This will be held at Manor Barn, Farm Lane. Many thanks to Annie and David Scotland who are our hosts for the evening.
As I return to Blogging, I wrestled with where to start. So I’ll start by explaining the reason for my long absence is because last year (2018) I’d taken on an Allotment.
Having an allotment has been so exciting, as I’ve never really grown vegetables before. Whilst it exciting it’s also terrifying, as I really don’t know what I’m doing. But thus fard it’s been great fun
last year i grew tropical vegetables. Such Capsicum, Chillies, Sweet potatoes, Pak Choi, Sweet Corn, Callaloo along more traditional Tomatoes, Beetroot, Spring onions, Peas, Potatoes, French beans, Purple Broccoli, Asparagus and Raspberries
Dyffryn Gardens are a
peaceful oasis on the outskirts of Cardiff, boasts 55 acres of exceptional
Edwardian garden design with the unique Victorian Dyffryn House situated at the
heart of the property. Considered by Cadw to be the best Edwardian gardens in
Wales, the National Trust site features a stunning collection of intimate
garden rooms, formal lawns and glasshouse showcasing an impressive cactus and
The kitchen gardens provide a bountiful harvest of fruit and vegetables that
supply the on-site cafés. The striking great lawn, which can be seen in all its
glory from the upstairs of Dyffryn House, flows from the property’s croquet
lawn, which is kept to international competition standards. Offering an exotic
feel to the gardens with all-year-round colour is the 22-acre arboretum on the
east side of the property, holding one of the most significant collections of
trees in the National Trust. This substantial tree garden is undergoing
development as part of a five-year revival project to protect unique and rare
specimen trees within the arboretum, including a number of Champion Trees.
Open from 10am every day except for Christmas and Boxing Day, there is ample
opportunity to explore the gardens with their experimental themes, taste the
produce in the cafés and shop at reception. A regular programme of events also
means that there are plenty of things to see and do.
Looking beyond the botanical displays, you’ll see evidence of the garden design
of eminent landscape architect, Thomas Mawson, who was commissioned in 1903 by
John Cory, a coal entrepreneur and important figure in South Wales during the
Victorian era. The originality of the garden’s arrangement was due to Mawson’s
collaboration with Reginald Cory, John’s son, who was a passionate plantsman
and funded several plant hunting trips across the world.
Stephen Anderton, of The Times calls Dyffryn Fernant, in Fishguard Pembrokeshire a collection of beautifully conceived gardens. It a number of small gardens within a large garden and the results are simply stunning.
The owner says; she’s started from a complete wilderness in 1996 and was thinking only of having a ‘Front’ and Kitchen garden. Thankfully for us she went beyond her initial idea. What I really liked about this garden was the mixture of naturalistic planting as well as the exotic and the very stylised.
It was such a welcoming garden and its tone is set by the honest system for paying one’s entry fee. A system, that always gets my vote. As member a RHS member, I didn’t have to pay but I did pay as I want to support this wonderful garden.
loved so many elements of the garden. I loved the many varied sitting places that
not only invite you to take your time but as with all sitting areas you get to
see the gardens from different angles, which often give a totally different
would urge anyone visiting Pembrokeshire to visit Dyffryn Fernant in Fishguard.