About the garden
Dyffryn Fernant Garden is a wonderful surprise. Six acres of garden tucked into a valley in the lee of the Preseli uplands just before they plunge into the sea at Dinas Island in North Pembrokeshire.
A modern garden, made since 1996, it ranges from richly planted high colour and exotic planting in formal areas, journeys through a bog garden to wild marsh, pond and stream. Then meanders through large blocks of ornamental grasses making sound and movement in the wind. A spring display of tulips is followed by a succession of summer growth, starting with Clematis montana and building up to a crescendo of dahlias, salvias and autumn colour.
The success of the garden is that it works as a whole despite having many distinct areas; the Front Garden, Rickyard, Orchard and Courtyard are heavily planted, each with a subtle difference of style. The Front Garden is an ebullient burst of colour, the Rickyard has swathes of planting contrasting with ordered topiary, the Courtyard a mix of exotic architectural leaf forms and succulents, and the Orchard an ever-changing herbaceous border leading out to the species rich marsh on the valley floor and the Pembrokeshire landscape beyond. The Bog Garden, centred by a shining obelisk, is particularly impressive. Nicky's Field, a geometric display of ornamental grasses, leads on to the pond. The Magic Garden above the house affords a full view of Mynydd Dinas (Dinas Mountain).
The wide variety of environments and the abundance of sitting places invite visitors to take their time and to investigate this place from different angles and perspectives, to bring their own beliefs, thoughts and feelings to their experience of the garden.