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Veddw

Impressively planted ornamental garden and small woodland.

  • 4.5

  • from 15 Google reviews

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About the garden

Depending on your age, you’ll either recognise the beautiful Tintern countryside from Wordsworth’s poem Tintern Abbey or the Netflix series Sex Education. Either way, it’s easy to see why both were set in these lush rolling hills, which also happen to be the home of Veddw House Gardens.

With its dramatic use of ‘block planting’ and bold use of hedging, this garden manages to excite modern sensibilities while paying homage to the past. You’ll find references to the site’s history everywhere, from the bench carved with the names given to the house and gardens over the years to the parterre of grasses echoing the hedgerows found on a local Tithe Map from 1842. At the meadow and in the wild garden, ancient grassland has been conserved and has remained untouched for generations.

Bordered by thick woodland, the ornamental garden consists of a labyrinth of crisscrossing hedges containing a series of garden rooms. A particular highlight is the dramatic reflecting pool, a perfect spot for visitors and gardeners to take a well deserved break.

Veddw was also featured as an inspirational garden on Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love Your Garden’ and Escape to the Country. It also appears in Carolyn Mullet’s new book, ‘Adventures in Eden, An Intimate Tour of the Private Gardens of Europe’.

Opening times

June - September First & third Sundays of the month 2.00PM - 5.00PM

Useful details

Garden area

2 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Ask at the garden and they’ll put your bike somewhere safe.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).

Shops

None

Monmouthshire, NP16 6PH

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Veddw
Monmouthshire
NP16 6PH
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NP16 6PH
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 15 Google reviews

WALTRAUD Englefield

a year ago

5

The garden that stops you in your tracks. Amazing structural hedges mirroring the landscape and wildlife friendly and relaxed planting. Well worth taking it all in slowly.

John (Digger)

5 years ago

5

Garden visiting is a very subjective process. A garden is or is not to your taste. Although I'm not a fan of show gardens at Chelsea etc., the judging process is, perhaps, relevant to the appreciation of gardens generally. A major factor in awarding medals at Chelsea is how well the garden has met the design brief. Any garden open to the public (including the NGS) will have some sort of design brief - in the case of the NGS this will be the owner's description in the Yellow Book. When you visit, you have to judge whether the garden meets that description. If it does, then great. Veddw House Garden is heavily documented both online and in print. Its makers, Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes are well known garden critic and photographer respectively. I doubt anyone who has researched the garden before visiting it would venture to suggest it was not as expected. Anyone who visits a garden without some, at least minimal, advance research is "going to look at the flowers" rather than appreciate the garden for what it is. There is no tea and cake at Veddw. This is plainly stated on the garden's web site. And long may that remain. Running a teahouse operation requires high visitor numbers to make it commercially viable. Veddw is an intimate garden. It would be ruined by high visitor numbers. If you want tea and cake, there's a pub just down the road. You can whip round Veddw in half an hour. Or you can experience the garden. It's your choice. I find that even after several visits, it takes nearly an hour to "experience". I want more than pretty flowers, thanks. At Veddw I get more. Google's quick questions about a location include "is there disabled access". This garden is multi-level. There are steps but it is usually possible to get somewhere using an alternative route avoiding those steps. But there are some fairly steep slopes which would make getting around in a wheelchair difficult unless the "pusher" is strong. Paths are generally wide enough to cater for a wheelchair and the garden owners are always ready to help with transporting someone from the car park to a lower (private) entrance. Best approach is to contact them in advance of a visit to discuss any special requirements. They will bend over backwards to help.

Gordon Plant

3 years ago

5

A unique combination of sculptural topiary and carefully chosen flowers. No matter how many gardens you've seen, Veddw House Garden is well worth a visit.

Celia Bryan

5 years ago

5

I have visited Veddw garden several times in the last few years. What a gem! I am so grateful that the owners, in return for a modest entrance fee to help with the upkeep of the garden, are willing to share it with others. The garden is like a secret, lost world; through a small gate you enter a little haven, tumbling down the valley, sitting perfectly in the surrounding landscape. The garden design reflects the history of the place with enchanting references to the place name....something to ponder on as you walk around. The beautifully chaotic planting blends with the surrounding countryside perfectly. The superb, modernistic pond with its wave of hedges and the back drop of the surrounding woodland is inspirational. The owner's home, which has thankfully not been ostentatiously extended like so many of the rural Monmouthshire cottages, sits unassumingly in the middle of the garden. I cannot recommend a visit more highly. Combined with tea at the Old Station at Tintern (wonderful cakes!)and a gentle walk in the meadows by the river Wye, it makes a perfect summer's day out. My only regret is that they are only open for the summer months - I would love to visit in the autumn and winter. However, I quite understand them not wanting to have 'Joe Public' all through the year!

Paty Wilsdon

5 years ago

2

An interesting garden with some very arty design features and sculptural hedging , however as a keen gardener I found the planting far too informal for my tastes, and it had an unkempt feel , not what I was expecting and the entry fee of £7 was not worth it in my opinion as you couldn't really spend more than 50 minutes there so really not worth it . I would be happy to pay up to £4 or the entry fee should include some kind of refreshment .

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