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DYFFRYN FERNANT

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Dinas
Llanychaer
Fishguard
Dyfed
SA65 9SP

6 acres

Tel
01348 811282

Visit website

Opening Hours

15 Apr–30 Oct. Please see website for details.

Admission

Non-member adult £7.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Christina Shand

Dyffryn Fernant is a wonderful surprise. It is approached over the Preseli Hills heading towards the sea on the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Dipping down into the small country lane and up the track, visitors have no idea what lies beyond. 

Over the last two decades, this modern garden has grown out of the ancient landscape, presided over by the rocky tor of Garn Fawr. Grounded between the Preseli Hills and the Irish Sea, the garden draws inspiration from the existing environment. Exotic, exuberant planting and ornamental grasses give way to wild marsh, water and woodland, acknowledging the spirit of the place.    

The success of this six-acre garden is that it works as a whole despite having so many distinct areas. The walled front garden is a flamboyant burst of colour and seasonal container planting. The rickyard was recently replanted with intersectional peonies and agapanthus, contrasting with ordered topiary. The orchard has an unusual herbaceous border, given the high water table, and leads out onto species-rich marsh on the valley floor.    

The courtyard, planted over stony ground, is a mix of exotic, architectural foliage and succulents. The lush bog garden, anchored by a mirrored obelisk, is particularly atmospheric. Nicky’s Field, a geometric display of ornamental grasses within a natural meadow, slopes down to a large pond. Lastly, climbing to the magic garden above the house, reveals the complete landscape.    

The wide variety of environments combine to create a garden that unfolds as you journey through it. An 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, bringing your own beliefs, thoughts and feelings to your experience of the garden.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

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