Veddw House Garden
The gardens at Veddw stand apart from most others in the area. While South Wales has a profusion of Victorian and Edwardian gardens that remain open to the public, there are very few top quality modern ones. Veddw may be the best of the bunch and it’s certainly one of the finest contemporary gardens in the country.
The first thing many visitors notice is the dramatic use of colour. Rather than the classical green foliage familiar from traditional garden designs, the creators of Veddw Gardens use silver and purple foliage to add interest to hedges and borders.
Meadow grasses are used to deepen the contrast between precise hedges any classical topiary garden would be proud of and Veddw’s more casual, wilder side.
A black, reflecting pool faces and reflects a garden of clipped hedges, shaped to echo the undulating hills of the surrounding countryside.
Elsewhere, there is a garden filled with contrasting silver cardoons and purple heuchera, backed by a border of mixed silver and purple shrubs. There are numerous colour themed borders and gardens which also include a creative use of grasses. The owners have a great interest in the local landscape history and have incorporated this interest into the garden design, in particular in a large parterre of ornamental grasses spread across a small hillside within a pattern of box hedges based on the Tithe Map of 1842.
The conservatory is painted black, creating a perfect and unusual backdrop to massed silver succulents. The wild garden, in contrast, contains robust perennials planted in the original ancient grassland. Elsewhere that grassland has been retained in a large area which has been carefully nurtured for 25 years, resulting in a flower rich meadow of the kind older people remember from their childhood.
Anne Wareham and her husband Charles Hawes moved to this valley in Monmouthshire, about 5 miles north of Chepstow, in 1988.
They were both involved with social work in east London but chose to leave the city and head to the countryside, primarily for Anne to take on the challenge of creating a
new garden on the back of her premature retirement from work.
Charles, while still in social work, is also a garden photographer and actively helps in the garden, but Anne, a blogger and garden writer, is the driving force behind its development.
Anne writes for the Telegraph, The RHS journal The Garden and the Spectator. She has published a book, The Bad Tempered Gardener, and is founder and editor of www.thinkingardens.co.uk.
Parties are welcome by appointment in May, June, July and August - minimum price £65.
Adults £6.50, Children under 14 £1.50 (children under one yard long free)
We are happy for parties of 10 or less to visit by appointment on other days than Sundays, but the fee is then £65 inclusive, whatever the number (ie £65 for one, or two, or three, up to and including ten. Over 10 people £6.50 each)
Groups of 10 or more by appointment, afternoons and evenings during May, June, July, August and September 2014 £6.50 per person. Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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(I don’t like them, most visitors don’t seem to like them..but if you insist…)