In the meadow grass the snake’s head fritillaries are trembling.
In the shadow of Garn Fawr a secret part of Pembrokeshire is waking up, and you can see it in the grasses stretching and waving, the cherry blossom bursting and the bright waving faces of the tulips.
Dyffryn Fernant is one of those Pembrokeshire institutions that is whispered about, passed from mouth to mouth in dulcet tones, as if it’s sacred. The exact location always seems to be a mystery. Someone’s aunt knows somebody who visited once, and said it was astonishing.
Someone aunt wasn’t wrong. But fear not, we did find it, in full swing, gathering itself for opening at the end of this week.
This year sees the launch of a library in the heart of the garden, a little cornucopia of magazines and books all dedicated to the love of plants and growing. It is also the first year Christina, the gardens’ creator, is holding workshops to share her enviable skill and passion. A perfect afternoon for those green-fingered guests. Book early to avoid disappointment though, they haven’t opened yet and the places are already filling!
Right now though, she’s concentrating on opening; the weather is crisp and bright and the swallows have returned. All this means one thing; the garden is awake.
Dyffryn Fernant recently topped the bill on’ 10 Welsh secret gardens you must visit this year’, and was also featured on Gardeners World, so visit quickly before the hordes descend.
Opening Easter weekend 12-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Monday & Tuesdays) located near Fishguard.
No dogs (apart from guide dogs)
Watch Joe Swift from Gardener's world speak with Christina Shand of Dyffryn Gardens:
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