Sculpture Cymru at Dyffryn Gardens

As part of our revival, we have embraced our artistic links and have invited members of Sculpture Cymru to design pieces for a temporary trail around the arboretum and gardens.

Many would consider a beautiful garden as a work of art, and that is exactly how we see Dyffryn; a living piece of horticultural art commissioned by plantsman, Reginald Cory, and designed by the famed Edwardian garden designer, Thomas Mawson in 1906.

During the days of Reginald Cory the gardens flourished, but deteriorated later during the world wars when gardeners went to war and there were few left to care for flowering plants and trees. There followed a chequered history of use, mostly as a local authority conference centre. The importance of the gardens ebbed and flowed, but in recent years there have been several ambitious and exciting restoration projects of both house and garden.

Alongside the revival of Dyffryn, we have embraced our artistic links and have invited members of Sculpture Cymru to design pieces for a temporary trail around the arboretum and gardens.

The sculptures within the ’Place’ exhibition explore some of the aspects of our history, design and rich plantings. From its beginnings, through its near demise due to war and now to its return to former splendour, the trail will coincide with our 2017 World War I year of vegetables, where borders and beds will be filled with onions, potatoes, ornamental gourds and lots more to mirror the 1917 war effort.