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Over the next few years we’ll be reviving the gardens at Dyffryn back to their Edwardian splendour. Follow our blog to find out the latest.

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Each month Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens fills us in on what the team are up to. From reinstating garden features to what to look out for on your next visit, Chris gives us his top tips for the month.

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22 Oct 2020

October- eye-catching autumn


Published: 22 October 2020

What to do, what to do, what to do. Regularly check your weather reports, be prepared to change everything at the drop of a hat but do make time to observe the seasonal changes. You never know what might catch your eye this year!

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26 Sep 2020

September- Knowledge is Key


Published: 26 September 2020

Before you can really care for anything you need to understand it. Before you can do that, you need to know what you actually have. Without that developed knowledge you could end up with an assemblage of good intentions, but never realising your full potential.

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21 Feb 2020

February- Five go coppicing


Published: 21 February 2020

As the wind blew and the rain fell, far from the relative comfort of the potting shed, the five gardeners ascended the Skirrid towards Caer Wood and their quarry. A wonderland of birch and hazel awaited the intrepid explorers. In search of sticks they went, and they were justly rewarded!

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9 Jan 2020

January- back to the future


Published: 9 January 2020

Looking ahead is the thing to do this time of year. A garden burgeoning with promise, the faces of the heralds of spring are emerging from the beds and thoughts are already drifting to the spectacular seasonal displays that await later in the year. But one of the joys of working in heritage is that you must look back to move forwards and that’s exactly where this next bit is headed.

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26 Nov 2019

November- All paths lead to somewhere


Published: 26 November 2019

Ground breaking? Not at all, but in design terms getting your hard landscaping right won’t just get you from A to B it also helps set the tone across the garden, tying built structures and grown elements together. More importantly than that in a garden revival, doing it properly and doing it once paves the way for a great deal more.

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17 Oct 2019

October- Autumn is here..ish


Published: 17 October 2019

The calendar would suggest that autumn is here. Whilst there is a more persistent chill and lower light there are still vestiges of summer flying their colourful flags, before the returning reds, oranges and yellows of autumn pick up the baton.

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30 Sep 2019

September- blink and you'll miss it


Published: 30 September 2019

I can only assume that I’ve been having far too much fun through September. The last few weeks have absolutely flown by and I’ll only just manage to get this completed for the end of the month!

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8 Aug 2019

August: horses for courses


Published: 8 August 2019

The summer bedding is in, the remnants of earlier projects have been rounded up and all of the tender perennials are bedded out. We’re in the thick of the maintenance season and whilst the why is clear, the idea of how is a little more fluid.

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18 Jul 2019

July: Mow, weed, sleep, repeat


Published: 18 July 2019

This is certainly the mantra of the gardeners at this time of year, plus a lot of watering of course, but it’s also a time to reap the rewards of projects from the year before when they have finally realised their floriferous potential.

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27 Jun 2019

June: all change


Published: 27 June 2019

It's June, and there are indeed empty beds on the South Front of Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, and for very good reason. Other than this small omission, colour and scent are in abundance around the rest of the garden.

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