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Thursday, 7 May 2009

Garden Visit to Dewstow Hidden Gardens & Grottoes

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

Fairies do live at the bottom of the garden

Barry Cleaves emerging from one of the grottoes.

More views of the north garden

Views of the south garden

Dewstow House

Ann Steer with Millie, the dog of the owners.

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