Visit our garden
Booking a visit ….
We are continuing with the pre-booking system in 2022, so the following will apply.
We are open almost any time from now until the end of September. You can book a visit by e-mailing (email@example.com) or phone on 01873 890219 preferably at least one day in advance.
For of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July, August and September, the ticketed booking system is now ‘live’. We limit numbers to a maximum of 30 per day to give you the best possible experience of the garden, so make sure you book well in advance.
We suggest that you read the whole of this page before booking.
- TICKETED: For visits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2pm – 6pm) in July, August and September click the button below. RHS and Garden Organic members claiming free entry as per the details of their respective schemes should also book using the button below and follow the on-screen instructions. Candide site to claim their discounts, which are only applicable to these dates. Discounts are offered as a service to the respective organisations and we receive no financial returns from those organisations. RHS/ GO/ 2for1 cards must be shown on entry.
- BY ARRANGEMENT: For visits at other times, including group visits, please contact us on either 01873 890219 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org stating when you would like to visit. We will get back to you to confirm as soon as possible. Please be in touch at least a couple of days before your proposed visit. If possible please avoid Mondays and Tuesdays (except August Bank Holiday Monday, when we will be open) to allow for us to do noisy work in the garden. We can now take payment by card but, to cover bank charges, there will be a small, 20p per person, surcharge.
NB: Gardeners World 2for1, RHS membership and Garden Organic discounts only apply on the Fri, Sat and Sunday openings from July to September. Discounts are subject to the rules of the respective schemes, more details below. By the way, contrary to popular belief, we get no income from any of these organisations in respect of free entries, just the publicity they provide.
The above assumes that no new COVID restrictions are imposed.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE
Read ‘How to Find Us’ (or in the Menu bar above) for explicit directions. It isn’t difficult, but SatNavs and Google Maps can make it so. Believe my directions, I live here!!
If you or anyone in your party has any mobility issues please do look at the independent audit by See Around Britain. If you are still unsure please give us a call.
Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs – even very well-behaved ones, much as we love them – as our livestock may be put at risk. Guide dogs are, of course, allowed.
We like to treat all of our visitors as friends – indeed many return time and again. Sue or I (yes, it really is just the two of us) will meet you at the gate and explain the daily nuances of the garden, explain the background to why we are here and be around to answer your questions and understand your own gardening interests. In the meantime, you might find these answers, to the most frequently asked questions, informative
To enhance your visit, we make sure that we do not use any noisy tools – mowers, strimmers etc. – whilst you are here, so we may occasionally turn down a request to visit so that some work can be done!
Please let us know in advance if you have booked but for some reason are unable to get here.
Original painting by Caroline Purvis
Opening days and times …
We will be open for visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm until 6pm throughout July, August and September (and August Bank Holiday Monday). Park alongside the black-roofed shed and enter via the double gates into the yard.
Please do follow our directions to Nant y Bedd in the sidebar, or at the bottom of the page on tablets and phones.
During these weekends we will accept the 2 for 1 card from Gardeners World magazine and will also accept a 2 for 1 entry for Members of Garden Organic. We are an RHS Partner Garden so the main Member (the one with an * on their card) of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be able to visit free – see RHS Handbook for terms and conditions. Please note that the above discounts do not apply to visits organised on a By Appointment basis. Discounts are offered as a service to the various organisations and we receive no financial return from the organisations.
If you are unable to make any of the above weekends, or want to arrange a group visit, please e-mail us or call on 01873 890219 and we will try to accommodate you. No minimum number. Nant-y-Bedd is accessible by coach. Parking for coaches can be arranged.
Local foraging expert Liz Knight will again be running a series of foraging days here this year. See her website for details. We also have workshops on Blueprint (Cyanotype) making with Ruth Barnes Richards, Wild Weaving, Artist’s willow charcoal making. Sue is also running workshop days on Wild Gardening and her favourite subject of Compost Making.
Details of all of these can be found by clicking Courses and Events or on the button at the top of the screen.
What to see …
You can also hear all about the garden and its ethos by downloading the free Candide gardening app (on your phone or iPad) and listening to Sue describing the key areas and history of Nant-y-Bedd. Read more about it on our blog post entitled … in full surround sound!!
Entrance fee …
£7 per adult, children under 16 free. Guided tours with Sue can be arranged for an additional fee.
The entrance fee goes towards to maintaining and improving the garden, which we have now set up with its own aims and objectives (and bank account).
The aims are:
to foster an understanding of organic and sustainable gardening and lifestyle by opening Nant-y-Bedd Garden to members of the public and through talks and courses which further this aim.
How to find us …
We are approximately equidistant from Abergavenny and Crickhowell, in the Eastern Brecon Beacons National Park – known as the Black Mountains
For detailed directions from Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Hereford please read the page entitled How to Find Us in the menu bar above.
Self-service tea will be available on most days. For group visits please discuss with us in advance.
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to eat by the river or by the pond.
The garden room and potager only are the only parts of the garden suitable for visitors with limited mobility due to terrain and topography. Unfortunately it is also not really suitable for wheelchair access due to narrow and/or uneven paths. The website https://seearoundbritain.com has an extensive number of photos of aspects of the garden, such as gates, bridges steps and slopes, which could impact on a visit.
The natural swimming pond is not available for use by visitors, only for family and friends by invitation.
Plants (mostly home grown) will usually be available for sale as will home-made garden accessories (plant supports, benches etc.). For more details have a look at the posts under Garden Accessories in the menu bar.
Gardening clubs may also wish to discuss our availability for giving illustrated talks.
Is it Nant y Bedd, Nant-y-Bedd or Nantybedd? Well that all depends on which source you are looking at. According to any online address finder (basically the Post Office post code checker) and Ordnance Survey it is Nantybedd. However the stream which gives the house it’s name is shown on OS as Nant y Bedd and the source of the stream as Blaen Nant-y-Bedd! So basically ‘you pays your money and takes your choice!’ We tend to use either Nant-y-Bedd or Nant y Bedd, and for simplicity for web and email addresses – nantybedd.
So now you know!!