by Nigel Summerley
Passionate gardeners sometimes forget that a garden should be a place to sit and relax. But at Dyffryn Fernant there is ample evidence that this vital fact has been remembered.
Not only are there countless benches and chairs tucked into seductive spaces at every turn, but the centrepiece of the garden is a library where you are invited to borrow a book to take outside and pore over.
Proust, Voltaire, Kafka… are all available. And so, too, is Monty Don, who has in the past sung the praises of this stunningly beautiful six-acre garden just off the Fishguard-to-Dinas road.
In addition, the library provides self-service tea and coffee (in proper mugs) which you can also take out into the garden. All very civilised.
And everything in the garden is truly lovely: the bog garden ruled over by huge gunnera; the calm refuge of the fernery; the simple beauty of the young birch wood; the flowers-of-every-colour courtyard; and the field with two dozen beds of different grasses, each performing their own individual dance when the wind commands a performance.
And above all this is the viewing mound in the little meadow dubbed “the Magic Garden”. This vantage point, looking out over the surrounding fields, is certainly a special spot, but the fact is that every bit of Dyffryn Fernant is truly magical.
+ Dyffryn Fernant, Dinas, Fishguard SA65 9SP; 01348 811282, www.dyffrynfernant.co.uk.
Opens again in Spring 2020