Walled gardens in Pembrokeshire
Take the tour of Pembrokeshire’s spectacular walled gardens, brick by beautiful brick!
The gardens here are all surrounded by an arboretum of rare trees, mainly planted in the 1920’s and 30’s, and the walled garden is the only listed walled garden in Pembrokeshire that’s open to the public. Still being used in the traditional way, the acre and a half walled garden is home to an impressive vegetable patch, herb garden, cut flower bed and fruiting vines around the walls.
Definitely worth a visit for a glimpse of gardening history as well as the enviable horticulture.
With gardens dating back as far as 1770, the 6 acre site has been returned to some of its former glory. Renowned for its fruit and vegetable growing you can now learn about the history of the gardens and its ongoing work in the visitors centre, and purchase some of the harvest and the plants in the garden shop.
You can also stop for a much-needed cup of tea at Cawdors tearooms, and taste some Pembrokeshire produce for yourself!
Nestled in the heart of a hidden valley, Colby hosts beautiful woodland walks and a wild meadow with a brook running through it, as well as more formal gardens. It's walled gardens, currently home to four charming ducks, is separated into various areas to explore. It’s Bothy tearoom is really popular and serves freshly prepared food and excellent cakes (especially the cream teas!)
Located 5 miles north of Haverfordwest, the walled garden at Scolton Manor has undergone a massive transformation from it's derelict state in 2013. The renovation of the garden walls and the Pineapple House has now been completed. The traditional Victorian garden has been planted with fruit trees and vines trained along the walls and the planting continues. The country park covers almost 60 acres of parkland and woodland plus the manor house is open to visitors. Finish the day in the tea rooms with tea and homemade cakes.
Not so much of a walled garden but definitely worth a mention, Hilton Court boasts a geodesic solar dome that houses tropical plants all year round. Alongside traditional woodland, flower and water gardens, there’s a pottery on site, a café overlooking the gardens and restaurant in the courtyard. Look out for the bluebells at the end of April, beginning of May and the amazingly scented water hawthorn alongside the water lilies.
A longstanding favourite, Picton sprawls over 40 acres, with woodland gardens and play areas for children. It's walled garden holds a tropical fernery, a fountain and an extensive herb garden with specimens from all over the world. Picton is the perfect place to take a picnic, but if that doesn’t take your fancy, Maria’s courtyard restaurant serves lunches and ice-cream to refresh after all that walking!
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