Dewstow hidden gardens & grottoes

One of the most exciting horticultural finds of recent years has been the underground Edwardian gardens at Dewstow House in Monmouthshire. In 1893, Henry Oakley purchased the ancient Dewstow estate, managing it until his death in 1940. A keen horticulturist and wealthy bachelor, Oakley embarked on the creation of a truly ambitious and unique garden in his grounds.

Commissioning eminent London landscapers Pulham & Son, work on the massive project began in the late 19th century. While there are many examples of Pulhams work in stately homes in the UK, Dewstow is unique in its scale and subterranean focus.

With no descendants the land passed from Oakley at his death in 1940. During the forties the garden was filled in and the land reverted to working pastureland. The vast majority of the private gardens were buried or destroyed and as no records of their existence remained they were together until the land was purchased by the Harris family in 2000.

After an initial investigation, the discovery of steps leading down and other evidence of garden were found. Subsequent excavation has revealed far more than was ever imagined. This astonishing grade 1 listed garden has been found to be one of the most significant examples of Pulhams landscape gardens. The renovation  of the grounds to their original glory has been an ongoing undertaking. With the records of both Oakley and Pulhams families destroyed, there is very little information on the original gardens, their reconstruction is an intricate historical and horticultural puzzle.

Helen and Roger went to visit the gardens last week with overseas guest & they were beautiful.

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Wild Garden Party @ Lower House Farm near Hereford

A garden tea party to launch Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild campaign.

An evening event to celebrate all the wildlife you can find in your garden.

Drop in to Lower House Farm for tea and cake, and enjoy informal talks from our staff and volunteers about our wildlife garden and orchard.

No dogs please.

DATE:  1st June, 2016
TIME:  5.30pm to 7.30pm
LOCATION: Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Hereford, HR1 1UT Get Directions, by car, or by public transport

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NGS gardens open for charity

Garden open:

The lasket gardens- Mich Birch, Hereford HR2 8HZ- Sunday 8th May 10am-4pm combined with Whitfield, Wormbridge 2-5pm

Single administration: £10

Combination administration: £14

Children: FREE


Other gardens open in May

Sat 4th:

Rhodds Farm HR5 3LW

Wilton Castle HR9 6AD

Sun 5th:

Bredenbury: The Coppice and Mistletoe Lodge HR7 4TF (new)

Croose Farm HR1 4RD

Midland Farm HR4 7BP

Wilton Castle HR9 6AD

Mon 6th- Fri 10th

Newport House HR3 6LL

Sat 11th:

The Vine

Sat 11th & Sunday 12th:

Bredenbury: The coppice and Mistletoe Lodge HR7 4TF

Victoria Place HR6 9HB

Brockhampton Cottage HR1 4TQ

Gredndon Court HR9 7QP

Croose Farm HR1 4RD

Caves Folly Nurses WR13 6DX

Fri 17th

Goodrich Gardens HR9 6HX

Hereford Cathedral Gardens HR1 2NG

Sat 18th:

Weston Mews HR9 7NZ

Sun 19th:

Weston Mews HR9 7NZ

Shuckhall court HR1 4BH

The Brooks HR2 0BL


For more details on other gardens open visit


Registerd charity number: 1112664


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Springtime Walk at Weir Gardens

Explore the beautiful gardens on this exclusive walk with the gardener in charge.

Learn all about the different varieties of spring bulbs and ask any questions you have about what to do in your own garden.

Adults £3, children free, normal admission apply.

March 16th 2016| 2pm-4pm| 01981 590509






Howle Hill Nursery- fabulous spring season is upon us

Howle Hill Nursery team are currently preparing to take the RHS Malvern Spring Festival by storm once again by designing a nostalgic Kew Garden influenced area for Raymond Blanc to promote his “Kew on a plate” TV series and book. Raymond will be signing books at the RHS spring festival on Thursday 7th May, so come along and grab your copy! We will also be designing and installing a series of plant experiences in the main Severn Hall, together with a show garden and nursery display.

If the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is not enough, why not come to the Chelsea flower show and experience one of the main shows gardens that the howle hill nursery team will be delivering for the Provence based beauty care company L’Occitane-based on a design by French designer James Basson.

The garden is perfumers garden and will be full of heady scents and will be the third garden that we have delivered for L’Occitane. My last design won them a gold medal so no pressure then!

Peter Dowle is a garden designer and nurseryman- contact Howle Hill Nursery 01989567726

Opening times-Monday-Saturday- 9am-5:30pm