The gardens

The gardens at Dyffryn cover more than 55 acres, with intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum there is plenty to explore all day.

A garden for all seasons

The gardens at Dyffryn were commissioned by Reginald Cory and designed by the famed Edwardian garden designer Thomas Mawson in 1906.

As a keen plantsman himself, Reginald worked collaboratively with Thomas to create this garden oasis. The majority of the gardens you see today are true to the original design. There was also a strong theme of experimentation and fluidity to the planting as Reginald was passionate about propagating and breeding many exotic and foreign species that he and others brought back from plant hunting forays all over the world.

One of the most enchanting features of the gardens is a series of intimate outdoor rooms. This was a typical feature for a grand house like Dyffryn. Over the summer of 2015 we restored three of these garden rooms back to their 1920s splendour.

The newly restored Pompeian Garden
The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

We are keeping this spirit of experimentation alive in the gardens and throughout 2016 we will be celebrating the 110th anniversary of this garden design with lots of new planting schemes that incorportae both heritage and new species of fruit, vegetables and floral displays.

A garden for all seasons there is always something new to discover at Dyffryn, blow the cobwebs away this winter and go for a frosty winter walk in the woods or stay warm in our tropical glasshouse filled with orchids, vines and a cacti house.

View of the Great Lawn from Dyffryn House

Gardens Experience Day

Garden experiences can be bought via our online shop. Available dates for Dyffryn include 15th June and 28th September 2017.

Going green

We have installed a new biomass boiler as we work towards being a a sustainable garden. Biomass boilers are a renewable energy source that burn wood chips made from waste products, installing one means we can heat all of our buildings and glasshouse efficiently without using fossil fuels.

We will save over 44,000 litres of oil each year. We have also installed solar panels and ground source heat pumps to take us off as much mains gas and electricity as possible.