Dyffryn Fernant Garden is a wonderful surprise of a garden. It is approached over the Preseli hills as you head towards the sea on the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Dipping down into the small country lane and up the track you have no idea what lies beyond.
Over the last two decades this modern garden has grown out of its ancient landscape, presided over by the rocky tor of Garn Fawr, Christina Shand is the garden’s creator and curator. She has drawn inspiration from the existing environment, the hillside, marsh and farm enclosures, and created a conversation between herself, Garn Fawr and the spirit of the place.
The success of the garden is that it works as a whole despite having so many distinct areas. The Front Garden is a flamboyant burst of colour and seasonal container planting, the Rickyard has swathes of peonies and agapanthus contrasting with ordered topiary, the Courtyard a mix of exotic architectural foliage and succulents and the Orchard an ever-changing herbaceous border leading out to the species rich marsh on the valley floor. The Bog Garden, anchored by a powerful obelisk, is particularly atmospheric. Nicky’s field, a geometric display of ornamental grasses within a natural meadow, leads onto the peaceful pond. Lastly, climbing to The Magic Garden above the house, reveals the complete landscape and affords an encounter with Garn Fawr.
The wide variety of environments, from reflective to invigorating, and the abundance of sitting places, including a well-stocked garden library, invite visitors to take their time. You can investigate this place from different angles and perspectives. Bring your own beliefs, thoughts and feelings to your experience of the garden.
Recently featured in BBC Gardeners World Sept 2019
Also featured in BBC Gardeners World 2015.
And with Matthew Wilson on Channel 4’s Landscape Man.
"Go and see it" Monty Don.
OPEN DAILY April - October 12 – 6
Facilities: A library of garden, art and a wide range of other books.
Self-service tea and coffee can be purchased in the library.
Founder member Great Garden of West Wales.
Plants for sale in the garden http://www.dyffrynfernant.co.uk/garden/plants-for-sale/
Check out our website for a map, further details of the garden, news and events. http://www.dyffrynfernant.co.uk