WITH the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions National Garden Scheme gardens across Wales are beginning to re-open, bringing a welcome breath of fresh air and inspiration to visitors. 

“It’s been a long wait for garden owners keen to share their beautiful gardens with visitors across Wales,” says Susan Paynton, National Garden Scheme Regional Chair for Wales and the Marches. “So, we’re delighted to be able to start re-opening the gates and welcoming visitors into our gardens for what promises to be a highly anticipated garden visiting season.” 

From rolling hills and valleys to riverside retreats and city secrets National Garden Scheme gardens across Wales will be opening again in time for the coming Bank Holiday weekend. 

Here’s a selection of gardens open over the May Bank Holiday that visitors can book tickets to visit: 

Treffarne Hall Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. This stunning hilltop location has panoramic views with a handsome Grade II listed Georgian house (not open) providing a formal backdrop to garden of four acres with wide lawns and themed beds.  

For more information and to book your visit on May 2 see: Visit a garden in your area – National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk)  

NEW for 2021 is the smaller Tyn y Waun in Pontyberem, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. This ¾ acre garden has an organic ethos and has been developed since 2007 in the Gwendraeth Valley with stunning views and borrowed landscape. There are specimen trees and shrubs. Largely informal planting with an abundance of wildlife with recently added formal raised beds for vegetables, and many spring flowering perennials and bulbs. 

Tyn Y Waun

For more information and to book your visit on May 2 or May 30 see: Visit a garden in your area – National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk) 

High Glanau Manor, Monmouth, Monmouthshire. This historic listed Arts and Craft Garden laid out by H Avray Tipping in 1922 was one of the original gardens to open for the National Garden Scheme in 1927. It features impressive stone terraces with far reaching views over the Vale of Usk to Blorenge, Skirrid, Sugar Loaf and Brecon Beacons. There’s a pergola, herbaceous borders, Edwardian glasshouse, rhododendrons, azaleas, tulips and orchard with wildflowers.  

For more information and to book your visit on May 2 see: Visit a garden in your area – National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk) 

Woodlands Farm, Penrhos, Monmouthshire 

A design led garden that’s built to entertain, even your reluctant partner. The garden has opened for 12 years under the National Garden Scheme. The 4-acre garden contains rooms and hidden spaces which draw you in, with buildings, ponds, viewing platform, jetty, hard landscaping, sculptures and Pygmy goats in their own palace. 

Opening on May 3rd, 4th and 5th for more information and to book your visit see: Visit a garden in your area – National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk) 

The Old Vicarage, Gwent

“As the restrictions ease we’ll be following government guidelines and opening our gardens across Wales again as and when it is safe to do so.  You can find all the latest information on garden openings and our films on the website at www.ngs.org.uk” adds Susan Paynton. 

Also opening over the Bank Holiday weekend – Click the garden names for booking information. 

Park House, Itton, Chepstow, Monmouthshire – May 1 

Woodhaven Chepstow, Monmouthshire – May 1 

High House Gwent – May 2 opens with The Old Vicarage 

Gilfach Conwy, Conwy – May 2    

NEW in 2021 Cwm Farm, Welshpool, Powys – May 2    

NEW in 2021 Pontsioni House Builth Wells, Powys May 2 & May 9  

To view all the gardens opening across Wales in May click here:  

Gardens in Wales – National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk)