Dyffryn Fernant Garden


The Garden

I started from complete wilderness in 1996 thinking only of a ‘Front’ and a Kitchen garden. Expansion followed slowly but steadily. Problems included lack of topsoil, abundance of rock, marsh, bog and underlying thick blue clay. All of these I have tried to turn to advantage and the result is a garden centered on my home, arising out of this particular and unique spot, belonging to its rural surroundings. Modern yet attached to the ancient past. Naturalistic in its planting as well as exotic and stylized in parts.

The wide variety of environments and the abundance of sitting places invite you to take your time and to investigate this place from different angles, from different perspectives, to bring your own beliefs, thoughts and feelings to your experience of the garden.

We feature a bog garden, fernery, courtyard, roses, orchard, wildflower meadows, large pond and circular wood.

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The Gardener

Christina Shand is a self-taught enthusiast, whose motivation is centered on working in and responding to this particular place, seeking to express the genus loci. Her many years of gardening and experimentation have led to an intuitive response to garden making with a lot of practical experience to back it up. The experiment continues and I hope will never end.


Garden Details

Take the A487 out of Fishguard towards Cardigan, Wales up the long hill beyond Lower Town and after about two miles you will see caravans by the side of the road on the left, take the next right turn signed to Llanychaer and "unsuitable for long vehicles". We are the first lane on the left after half a mile. If you end up in Llanychaer or Dinas you have gone too far!
01348 811282
Contact Person
Christina Shand & David Allum
On Friday 18th April 2014 the garden opens for the new Spring, Summer and Autumn season. We are looking forward to meeting returning visitors and old friends as well as many new people to share the garden with.
12.00 – 6.00pm Wednesday – Sunday (from Easter to end of September) with Bank Holiday Mondays & Tuesdays.
Garden Size
Under the Pembrokeshire Preseli uplands, rich in pre-history, in an area of historically small and isolated farms lies six acres of Dyffryn Fernant Garden.
Our entrance prices are £6 per person (unchanged for the third year running). Children under 16 are free of charge.
Brochure Available?
Please look at our comprehensive website with interactive map; www.dyffrynfernant.co.uk. And we are in the NGS ‘Yellow Book’
Car park on site. Please ask to bring a car right up to the house if necessary.
Food Available
Catering available for pre-booked parties.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
A small self service facility for teas and coffee in the library.
Lots of seats. You are encouraged to meander, read, daydream and take your time.
You are welcome to picnic in 'The Beyond'.
Wheelchair Access
Partial disabled access.
Hard surfaces are gravel.
Dogs Allowed
Regret no dogs apart from guide dogs.
Children Allowed
Self catering one room cottage for 2 (or 4 close friends/family).
Plants/Other Sales
We aim to cultivate a number of the best plants from the garden for sale.
Some books are also available for sale in the Library.
Guided Tours
We are happy to show our visitors around the garden.
Function Center Available?
The Library is available to hire for smaller meetings, with catering on request.
Other Facilities

Garden Making: Christina hosts informal three hour workshops on fixed days and by arrangement. Please see Our Website for details.

The library is open to consult and borrow from during your visit. 

The National Geographic has named Pembrokeshire, with its cliff/coastal path as the 2nd best coastline in the WORLD, and it is not hard to see why. All around you are wildlife, wilderness, historic monuments and standing stones.

Bird watchers will be in heaven, here we have ravens, kites, buzzards, swallows, marsh, mountain, song and sea birds.  Ramblers will be spoilt for choice with all the coastal walks on offer, and this couldn’t be a better spot for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside and being by the sea. The Preseli high lands, rich in pre-history, from whence came the bluestones for Stonehenge, are wild and beautiful. Criss-crossed with ancient tracks, views across to Ireland and racing skies.

Fishguard, the nearest town, has it’s own history. It was the site of the last invasion of Britain (by the French) in 1797. There is a superb tapestry (a la Bayeaux) telling this story. You will find it in a special exhibition space upstairs in Fishguard Town Hall.