The May Garden Visit was a first time Club visit to Dewstow Hidden Gardens and Grottoes in Monmouthshire in South Wales. A dry sunny day with some cloud greeted us when we arrived.
Described as one of the most exciting horticultural finds of recent years. The Edwardian gardens were created by Henry Oakley who commissioned landscapers Pulham & Son to create a unique garden with underground grottoes and tunnels. However, during the 1940's the garden was filled in and land reverted to working pastureland. It wasn't until the land was purchased in 2000 by the Harris family that initial investigation discovered steps leading down to a buried garden. Now the only Grade I listed garden in Wales it has been fully restored and newly planted.
Members comments were "what a delight, a hidden gem, a totally different garden".
Entrance to the north gardens and grottoes
One of the pools in the north garden
The Lion Grotto