The gardens

The gardens at Dyffryn cover more than 55 acres. With intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum, there's plenty for you to explore throughout the day.

Ian Buckler

Behind the scenes at our gardens: looking after Dyffryn in high summer 

What do our gardeners do? What does it take to look after one of the most important historic gardens in the country? We’re back behind the scenes at Dyffryn in Wales to discover what the gardeners get up to at the height of summer.

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."
- Chris Flynn, Head Gardener

The Pompeian Garden, inspired by Cory's trips to Italy, was built in 1909. Like its Italian namesake, it was designed with an impressive colonnade, a loggia and a central fountain in a lawn square.

The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn Gardens
The Pompeian Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

Visit the world in a day

A garden for all seasons there is always something new to discover at Dyffryn. Come rain or shine, enjoy the great outdoors and take a leisurely stroll through our evolving arboretum or visit the tropics in our glasshouse filled with orchids, vines and an impressive cacti collection.

The orchid house at Dyffryn Gardens

Discover the world in miniature in our glasshouse 

Visit tropical rain forest, dry desert and grape-filled vinery in our glasshouse. With lots of unusual and interesting species of cacti, orchid and vine it is a treasure trove for the garden enthusiast.

Want to find out more?

Why not book on to one of our upcoming Garden Experience Days and join our talented team for a unique opportunity to learn about our magnificent Edwardian gardens from the experts.

Find out our gardeners' top tips and tricks and receive a souvenier at the end of the day to remind you of your special day with us.

View of the Great Lawn from Dyffryn House

Gardens Experience Day

Garden experiences can be bought via our online shop. The next available date for Dyffryn is 28th September 2017.