Visit our garden

Latest News: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the possible course of the COVID-19 virus and personal health issues, we are currently not intending to open in 2020, nor will any of the proposed workshops take place this year.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Nantybedd Garden in 2021

As well as, hopefully, giving you some enjoyment, the other reason for our current round of video posts is to ask you to help the National Garden Scheme (for whom we would have been opening for the 15th year at the end of the month) to make up the massive expected shortfall in the funds which they are usually able to give to a raft of really deserving – especially at this time – health and nursing charities.

The NGS is the biggest single contributor to both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, usually donating around £500,000 to each every year.  Other major beneficiaries include the Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Hospice UK.    At present a shortfall of around 80% is forecast with gardens being unable to open.

Instead of visiting us you can simply click here or scan the code below and make a much needed donation directly to the National Garden Scheme. Please be generous at this time.


Welcome …

You are very welcome to visit our garden.

Original painting by Caroline Purvis Original painting by Caroline Purvis

Opening days and times …

In 2020, as well as our weekly openings, we will be opening for the National Garden Scheme (24/25th May 2020).

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.

During these weekends (except the NGS weekend mentioned above) we will accept the 2 for 1 vouchers from Gardeners World magazine and will also accept a 2 for 1 entry for Members of Garden Organic. We are now 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.

If you are unable to make any of the above, 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, Wild Weaving, Artist’s willow charcoal making, Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku) and Taking the mystery out of plant diseases.   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 …

For an idea of the garden throughout the year click here.  Follow our Instagram page for an up to date idea of what is looking good in the garden before your visit.

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 …

£5 per adult, children free.  Guided tours with Sue (except on NGS days) 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. 

In 2020 all entrance proceeds from 24/25th May will go to National Garden Scheme supported charities.

The garden entrance - pay by feeding the birdies in the bird box!! The garden entrance – pay by feeding the birdies in the bird box!! – or more likely pay one of us.

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

How to find us …

We are approximately equidistant from Abergavenny and Crickhowell, in the Eastern Brecon Beacons National Park – known as the Black Mountains

location map

For detailed directions from Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Hereford please read the panel on the right.

Refreshments …

Tea and cakes will be available on the NGS days and self-service tea will be available on most other days.  For group visits please discuss with us in advance.

The The “Garden Room”

On non-NGS days visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to eat by the river or by the pond.

Picnic by the shepherd's hut and pond. Picnic by the shepherd’s hut and pond.

Accessibility …

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.

Other …

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.

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