Our garden is approx 4 acres. Proceeds are donated to charity via the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). The garden has been selected by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for the RHS Partner Garden Scheme and offers free admission for RHS members.
The garden has varied planting with some rarities selected to suit the range of conditions on site and demonstrate what can be achieved in a difficult location. We use our garden to provide propagating material for the nursery and trial new varieties for disease and mollusc resistance.
The planting style is diverse and exuberant. Secretive enclosed areas planted as shelter belts, where carpets of spring flowers give way to jungly perennials, grasses, bamboos and ferns contrast with the formal herbaceous borders. Leading on from these are extensive shrubberies with views over the wild flower meadow and the landscape beyond.
The garden overlooks a vast wilderness and there is strategically placed seating from which to enjoy the views.
The land here is poor, described locally as "mountain soil". There is no arable farming, the farms are traditional hill farms, the land used as grazing for sheep and a limited number of beef cattle. The agricultural designation is a "Least favoured Area". The soil in the garden is thin acidic clay overlying slate, shale and granite. Double digging is not an option!
We are literally "gardening on the edge". Our land is on the tree-line. Above us trees like ash, oak and sycamore are stunted and shrubby. We are also on the edge of an SSSI. We overlook a vast wilderness. Acid moorland and raised bog stretches below us for a distance of approximately 6 miles. Above us are the Preseli slopes and ridge that are liberally sprinkled with prehistoric remains.
Despite being only 4 miles from the coast, the climate here is surprisingly cool. We have the maritime gales but also some extremely cold weather. We have frosts that stay in the ground for 10- 20 days at a time with no thaw and experience minimum temperatures of -15OC with an all time low of -20OC.
All garden waste is recycled and composted. We improve the soil by the addition of generous amounts of organic material. Nursery waste and all prunings are composted and added to the ground. The garden is managed in an environmentally aware manner. There is an abundance of wildlife, including garden birds, birds of prey, butterflies, dragon flies, damsel flies as well as the occasional fox, badger or polecat. To protect these creatures we have never used insecticides, fungicides or any form of slug and snail killer.
We don’t use fertiliser in the garden but when planting try to provide a good root environment to allow the roots to grow away. Too much soft top growth can be unsustainable in wet and windy weather.
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