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Gardening in Pembrokeshire


Pulling Together in Tenby & Moylegrove Gardens

So many people have been inspired by their parents or grandparents to become gardeners.  Memories of happy times in previous family gardens often influence, sometimes subliminally, how we make our own gardens and even give us a feeling of continuing the family traditions.  I, for instance, couldn’t not grow sweet peas and runner beans every […]

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Naked gardening day

Naked Gardening Day Is Here Again.

Oh dear, if you are easily offended , look the other way now, lock up your daughters, and your sons, and stay away from the garden centre. Yes it’s THAT day again, May the 4th already and this year 2019 it’s the fourteenth annual “World Naked Gardening Day.” Of course, if you easily connect with […]

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Upton Castle and Gardens.

A Hidden Gem in South Pembrokeshire. Even regular visitors to the county, and perhaps locals too, may not have discovered the delights of the gardens of Upton Castle. Tucked away from the westerly winds in the valley beyond the pretty village of Cosheton near Pembroke, Upton’s 35 acres of garden and woodland is well worth […]

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April Gardens.

One of the things that interests me most about gardening is why people do it. It is now an undisputed fact that gardening is good for you, but the reasons it is good for you vary and there are many weird and wonderful reasons so many people are happy to spend their spare time getting […]

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woodlands at Hilton

Hilton Court Gardens and Crafts, Roch.

Pembrokeshire’s best kept secret in the heart of St Brides Bay Centred around the Victorian courtyard, Hilton Court’s stunning and scenic gardens are a delightful place to visit all year round. The tea-rooms and gardens may not be open in winter, but the yard and Gardeners Restaurant will be! Locally produced food, cooked from scratch […]

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Sarah with Daisy and Ellie


This year Sarah will be visiting and writing about privately owned gardens that open their gates to raise money for charity. She’ll be sharing what we can learn from garden visiting – something she describes of as our most leisurely national sport. Sarah also offers an affordable and holistic garden design service through which she […]

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The Heralds of Spring.

Daffodils. They say gardening teaches patience and it must be true because I am on the whole a fairly impatient person. Once I’ve had an idea I want to crack on with it and get it up and running. If things drag because of boring practicalities I run out of steam and move on to […]

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Woodland garden at Hilton Court, Pembrokeshire

A Tale from Pembrokeshire.

Woodland garden peace. It was a terrible day when Nerys received the news. ‘You have a year at the most,’ the consultant had said. She took the news with calm dignity. There would be little time left before the great event – the one everyone knew would end their life’s work and actually be the […]

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Like the Milkman.

Like the milkman, the snowdrops arrive bright and early. With a stretch of imagination you can even see the similarity in looks – if you’ve got a long lanky green milkman holding his arms out to the side with a bottle of milk in his hands. Back in rural Worcestershire we were lucky to still […]

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The Gardening Year in Pembrokeshire.

January. This month is a quiet time in the garden  so time to get into the shed, outbuildings or greenhouse and give them a good tidy. Clean spades, forks, rakes and give them all a good oiling; clean all the empty pots with a weak solution of household bleach or detergent with a stiff brush. […]

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