Dyffryn Fernant 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.View Map
The GardenerChristina 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.
12.00 – 6.00pm Wednesday – Sunday (from Easter to end of September) with Bank Holiday Mondays & Tuesdays.
Hard surfaces are gravel.
Some books are also available for sale in the Library.
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.