Visit our garden
Booking a visit ..
Garden openings for 2023 will be every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from June 1st until September 30th and from 11.00am to 5.00 pm (last entry at 4.00pm). We will not be taking ad hoc bookings for any other day. RHS members (those with the * next to the members’s name) and Garden Organic members can use their cards for free entry on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Booking is essential and is only via the button below.
NEW for 2023, Garden tours with Sue. A trip round Nant- y -Bedd is a fantastic experience in itself, but a tour round with garden creator Sue brings an added dimension. Hear all about how the garden came into being and how it has evolved over the 40+ years of Sue’s stewardship. These tours are only available on the Thursdays that we are open, will start at 11.00 and last about two hours. Numbers are limited to six. RHS and Garden Organic discounts do not apply to these tours.
Workshops and events for 2023 can be found here
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 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from June 1st until September 30th and from 11.00am to 5.00 pm (last entry at 4.00pm). 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 How to Find Us on the menu bar.
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 on Wednesday and Thursday only – see RHS Handbook for terms and conditions. Please note that the above discounts do not apply to visits organised by any groups e.g Garden Club. Discounts are offered as a service to the various organisations and we receive no financial return from the organisations.
If you 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, Creative Writing, Botanical Sketching and Printing with Leaves. 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 here 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 …
£.8.50 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!!