Winter wows at Dyffryn Gardens

Get back to nature and discover Dyffryn’s winter wows, from water features to warming up the house there’s still plenty to see.

Dyffryn is one of the finest examples of Edwardian garden design in the country and reflects the grandeur of the period in which it was created. Part of this historical opulence are a series of restored intimate garden rooms, all built around different themes.

With Dyffryn’s impressive architecture in the background, walk through romantic archways, up winding stone steps and around peaceful water features as you explore our 55 acres of gardens and grounds. Set in a rolling and rural area of the Vale of Glamorgan we have an extensive Arboretum undergoing restoration, stately formal lawns, productive kitchen gardens and the natural world in miniature inside our greenhouse with our extensive collection of cacti and succulents, and our rare and unusual orchid specimens.

Isn’t it romantic?

Surely one of the best things about winter is Valentine’s Day? Dyffryn is a fantastic winter date destination; either come welly-ready and waterproofed and brave the winter weather as a team or snuggle up during any potential showers under our many sheltered areas in the grounds. The Gardens Café is also a charming destination for a date with panoramic views of the countryside and the babbling brook.

Snowdrops and Raindrops

For many years we ran a community planting programme where members of the public could come and plant snowdrop bulbs in the garden, now every winter these blossom into a beautiful blanket of snowy white. It’s a remarkable sight and well worth a visit to explore the delicate winter flowers and take some pictures or to make it a new winter tradition.

Season of squashes

This winter you can see our home-grown vegetables such as curly kale, squashes, cabbages and brassicas flourishing in the Kitchen Garden. Many of these will be making their way down to our Garden’s café, so see what delicious home grown produce you might be able to sample for lunch on the day.

Some of our cheering and colourful non-edible gourds are also be on display in the Long Acre buildings along with a collection of beautiful bell jars.

Escape to the exotics

Rewind (or fast-forward) to hotter, summer months and explore the exotic specimens in our glasshouse. Divided into five parts you can see our bright and airy vinery, take in our impressive cacti and succulents in the cacti room, and be transported to the rainforest with rare orchid and banana trees in our tropical room.

Our talented gardeners make the most of the way that many epiphytic orchids grow, by hanging them from the ceiling among trails of Spanish moss or tied to large tree sections that are brought in from other parts of the garden. The specially adapted roots then anchor themselves into the rough bark on the wood giving an otherworldly atmosphere inside the greenhouse.

Trees at Dyffryn Gardens

Reginald Cory was instrumental in establishing Dyffryn's extensive arboretum and as an avid plantsman collected specimens from all over the world.

We've embarked upon a five-year project to protect the beautiful plants and enhance the collection of trees in our arboretum. Our plan is to focus on one section of the Arboretum each year, opening-up overgrown spaces, clearing areas around our important trees and propagating from those that are reaching the end of their lifetime.

The Great Indoors

We have so much to entertain inside Dyffryn House. Marvel at the architecture and relax on the chairs in the drawing room. There is a grand piano in the great hall which we encourage those that can to play. We have a working billiard room where you can challenge your friends and family to a game and you can shop for second hand books in our book shop, with all donations going to Dyffryn’s revival.

Behind the scenes

Throughout the winter you might see our team of gardeners busy preparing for spring. They work very hard on hedge cutting, leaf clearing, finishing bulb planting and continuing work on the five-year revival project in the arboretum and the full restoration of the garden as a whole. If you’d like to pick up some tips on how to prepare your garden for winter you’re welcome to ask their advice.

What’s next?

Our conservation plans are ongoing and evolving, this year we’re restoring the stonework of the house which means the south-facing section of the main house will be under scaffolding for a while. This summer will be the Summer of Sweet Peas at Dyffryn, we’re busy planning an explosion of colour, texture and scent, look out for more about this in the coming months.