Wales - West

   A group of about 25 members from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire who meet monthly during Spring and Summer for garden visits across the three counties and occasionally beyond.   We also have an annual picnic and Christmas lunch.

   You are very welcome to join our group of garden enthusiasts who meet for monthly garden visits from February until October. We also hold an AGM and Christmas lunch and a summer social event. 

Please contact:

Anne Large, 
Glan yr Afon, 
Carmarthenshire, SA19 8DJ.

Tel 01558 650890

email for more information.

Visit The West Wales website:

Any member visiting West Wales is most welcome to join us.





FOR 2019




Sunday April 7th All day visit to two gardens near Narberth, Pembrokeshire. These two NGS gardens, open by appointment, are those we planned to visit last March but snow caused our trip to be cancelled. 11.30 Panteg, Llanddewi Velfrey, Narberth and Llwyngarreg, Whitland, for 2pm where teas will be available. The Plash Inn at Llanfallteg, Whitland has been suggested for lunch. Host for the day –Linda


PANTEG-Llanddewi Velfrey, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8UU, owned by Mr and Mrs Pryse Lloyd. 01834 860081. Admission £3.


Approached down a woodland drive, this tranquil, south facing, large garden, surrounding a Georgian house (not open), has been developed since the early 1990s. Plantsman’s garden set off by lawns on different levels. Walled garden, wisteria covered pergola. Vegetable garden, camellia and azalea bank, wildflower woodland. Many rare shrubs and plants.


Situated off main A40 in village of Llanddewi Velfrey. A40 from Carmarthen, after garage take first L. At next T junction turn L. On R gateway with stone gate pillars which is the ½ mile drive to Panteg.


Llwyngarreg, Llanfallteg, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, SA34 0XH. Liz and Paul O’Neill, 01994 240717. Admission £4.50 with homemade teas £3.50.


Llwyngarreg will delight plantsmen with its many rarities including species Primulas, bamboos with Roscoeas, Hedychiums and Salvias extending the season through to riotous autumn colour. Trees and Rhododendrons have been under planted with perennials. The sunken garden for tender/exotic gems and gravel terraces with formal pool continue to mature. Springs form a series of linked ponds across the main garden, providing colourful bog gardens.


A40 W from Carmarthen, turn R at Llanddewi Velfrey, 2 ½  m to Llanfallteg. Go through village, garden ½ m further on: 2nd farm on R.


For both of these gardens please see the NGS website for more details and for lots more information and photos to whet your appetite.




Sunday May 12th all day visit to two more NGS gardens which are open by appointment, plus the added bonus of being invited to the garden of WWCGS member Liz Thomas. We start the day at Liz’s at 11.30am, and for those that wish to bring a packed lunch, this can be eaten there, under cover if necessary, with hot drinks and cakes also being available to purchase. After lunch we have a 2pm visit to Pencwm, Whitland, Carmarthenshire and at 4pm to an favourite of the WWCGS, Jenny Matthews garden at Rhy-y-Groes. Host- John.


ABERTRINANT, Blaenffos, Boncath, Pembrokeshire, SA37 0HX. Liz Thomas, 01239 841321. There will be no charge for garden entry.


Liz has a smallholding garden which she has help evolve over 29 years. There is a fairly large pond/bog garden area, vegetables with polytunnel, and a mixed herbaceous and shrub area of approximately ¼ acre. The pond area should look good in May but other areas will be weather dependant as the garden is in a frost pocket!


A478 from Crymych come into Blaenffos, in the bottom of the dip, turn left, the large chapel will be on your LHS. Up the slope past the new houses, Liz is the second track on the RHS approx. ¼ mile from the main road. It is signed at the top, Gnol, Abertrinant, Y Dderwen and Morfa, the track is ¾ mile, we are a right turn immediately after a grey/blue cottage. There is plenty of parking.


PENCWM- Hebron, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, SA34 0JP. Lorna Brown, 01994 419471. Admission £4 teas and cakes available.


A secluded garden of about 1 acre set among large native trees, designed for year round interest and the benefit of wildlife. A wide variety of exotic specimen trees and shrubs including magnolias, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, bamboos and acers. Drifts of bluebells and other spring bulbs and good autumn colour. Including boggy area and pond with appropriate planting.


From A40 take St Clears exit and head N to Llangynin then on to Blaenwaun. Through village, after speeding limit signs take 1st L. Over X roads, 1 ¼ m then 2nd on L marked Pencwm.


RHYD-Y-GROES- Brynberian, Crymych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3TT. Jenny and Kevin Matthews, 01239 891363. Admission £4.50 plus teas.


Colourful 4 acre country garden at 200m on exposed NE hillside. Dramatic, extensive views across upland bogs and moorland may be enjoyed from strategically placed seating. Exuberantly and skilfully planted to suit the varied conditions. Formal herbaceous borders, shrubbery, woodland area, bog, ornamental and natural meadow. Diverse plantings show what is possible without chemicals in this challenging environment.


12m SW of Cardigan. 5m W of Crymych, 16m NE of Haverford West, on B4329, 3/4m downhill from cattlegrid (from Haverford West) & 1m uphill from signpost to Brynberian (from Cardigan).


Please see NGS website for more details and photos.




All day visit to Herefordshire on Wednesday June 5th to enjoy Irises at two famous venues- Aulden Farm and a return visit to Bryan’s Ground. Lunch suggestion at Westonbury Mill. Host - Anne


11am Aulden Farm, Leominister, HR6 0JT, Allun and Jill Whitehead, 01568 720129. Admission £4 refreshments available.


Informal country garden surrounding old farmhouse, 3 acres planted with wildlife in mind. Emphasis on structure and form with a hint of quirkiness, a garden to explore with eclectic planting. Irises thrive around a natural pond, shady beds and open borders, seats abound, feels mature but ever evolving.


4m SW of Leominster. From Leominister take Ivington/Upper hill Rd , 3/4m after Ivington Church turn R signed Aulden. From A4110 signed Ivington, take 2nd R signed Aulden.


2.30pm at Bryan’s Ground, Letchmoor Lane, Stapleton, Presteigne, Herefordshire, LD8 2LP. David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell, 01544 260001. Admission £6 Refreshments available.


8 acre internationally renowned contemporary re-interpretation of an Arts and Crafts garden dating from 1912, conceived as a series of rooms with yew and box topiary, parterres, colour themed flower and shrub borders, reflecting pools, potager, Edwardian greenhouse, heritage apple orchard, follies. Arboretum of 400 specimen trees and shrubs with wild life pool beside River Lugg. Home of Hortus, garden journal.


12m NW of Leominster. Between Kinsham & Stapleton. At Mortimer’s Cross take B4362 signed Presteigne. At Combe, follow signs Satnav is misleading.


Again both these gardens have NGS pages plus their own websites so do a search to see what a treat we are in for.


On Thursday June 20th a return evening visit to Picton Castle has been arranged for 7pm. More details to follow but it will include a guided tour by Head Gardener Roddy Milne.


Host – Linda.




Sunday July 28th is the open day for the newly opened Greenacre garden in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, open from 12.30-18.00 but if we plan to arrive at about 2pm we shall be guaranteed to see some familiar faces. Host – Carol


Greenacre, Deer Park Lane, Nr Milton, Tenby. Pembrokeshire, SA70 8PR. Andrew and Jill Baxter, 01646 651918. Admission £4 and teas will be available.


Plantaholic’s garden of around 2/3  acre intensively planted and developed into a lush, colourful exotic plant packed haven. Shady jungle garden, raised arid bed, scree garden, tender topical plants in pots, greenhouse with carnivorous plants. Meandering paths leading to lots of different areas: be prepared for surprises around every corner.


7m W of Tenby. From A477 at Milton, take turning signposted Lamphey (Stephen’s Green Lane). Continue to brow of hill then R onto Deer Park Lane. Garden ½ mile along road on L.


Please see NGS website for more details.






Sunday 25th at 12pm we have our WWCGS annual summer social. Many thanks to Carole and Pete Whittaker for inviting the group back to their lovely garden for this event. Please bring a dish to share. Host-Maggie.


Glyn Bach Gardens holds a national Collection of Monardas plus lots more delights, so we shall enjoy socialising in this special garden. Carole and Pete’s garden was featured on Gardener’s World last August and in the RHS magazine among other publications, so come along and see for yourselves..


Glyn Bach Gardens, Pont Hywell, Efailwen, Pembrokeshire, SA66 7JP, phone 01994 419104.


Please see for more information.




Sunday 22nd at 2pm we are visiting Nant y Bedd, near Abergavenny which is a new RHS partner garden and also open for NGS. Host –John


Nant y Bedd, Grwyne Fawr, Fforest Coal Pit, Abergavenny, Gwent, NP7 7LY. Sue and Ian Mabberley, 01873 890219. Admission £5 plus teas will be available.


This garden has featured in various publications and has an interesting website at




The last visit of the year is to the Rare Plant Fair at Hergest Croft Gardens on Sunday 13th October. The Plant Fair is open from 10 am -4.30 but the garden until 5.30. Host – Carol


Hergest Croft Gardens lie in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. The garden contains a unique collection of rare plants, trees and shrubs and over 90 ‘Champion’ trees. There are gorgeous flower borders, an old fashioned kitchen garden, Azalea garden, Maple grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. With a gift shop and tea rooms, the gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. All this and a Rare Plant Fair with over 40 plant and craft stalls from a range of local specialist nurseries.




Sunday 1st is our Christmas Lunch and AGM at the Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen.













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