Veddw House Garden: a modern romantic garden



One of Alan Titchmarsh’s pick of 10 Best British Gardens:

“A quirky garden created by self-confessed ‘Bad-Tempered Gardener’ Anne Wareham. The hedges alone are worth a visit, and there is much to learn about the use of plants in this Welsh garden. Quirky, fun, inspiring.”

Closed now until 2018.

Coach parties, and groups of ten or more, welcome by arrangement from May to August 2018 inclusive, afternoons or evenings.

In 2016 Veddw appeared on Welsh television. Here is the video (10 minutes) with English subtitles and drone views of the garden.


Veddw Fence, copyright Charles Hawes


There are NO TEAS (sorry – see here.)

Other comments and pieces:

Countryfile Top 10 Artistic Landscapes in Britain,

10 Must See Gardens in the UK and  Birchall Teas Best British Gardens (but with no teas..)

Featured in the Telegraph  June 2015 –

“I loved this garden.” Francine Raymond.

Featured in the RHS “The Garden”

“a substantial garden that establishes a strong sense of place and uses plants for visual (rather than purely horticultural) effect…. plenty of interest, some sublime design touches, and is a place being constantly refined and improved.” Chris Young.

Veddw in RHS The Garden

and on Gardenista 

“a combination of old and new, wild and tamed, casual and constrained. Its unifying elements are the simplicity of the plantings and the structure of the hedges and walls that enclose them.” Fiona Gilsenan

a coach party leader:

“My lasting memory of Veddw is the very first glimpse of it as you approach from above.  Nothing prepares you for this, no reviews, no photographs (sorry Charles), nothing.  What you see is a garden with definite boundaries, made up of individual elements, some if which are quite unique.  The real magic is, however,  the way in which these individual elements combine together to form a wonderful tapestry that fits perfectly into the surrounding countryside.  Love it.”

and best of all? Piet Oudolf:

“Anne, I like your garden”

Veddw House copyright Anne Wareham


Veddw House Garden is closer than you think!:

  • Half an hour from Bristol

  • Two and a half hours from London

  • 50 minutes from Bath

  • 50 minutes from Gloucester

  • 45 minutes from Cardiff


Flower Shelves at Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham 

Veddw Garden

Veddw House Garden, Devauden, Monmouthshire, NP16 6PH, South Wales, UK

The garden is open from May to October to parties, and in June, July and August on Sunday afternoons.. see visitor information

Veddw has been created by garden writer Anne Wareham (The Bad Tempered Gardener) and garden photographer Charles Hawes.

Anne was  described in the Telegraph as one of Britain’s most influential gardeners and is also the editor of thinkingardens, – where really exciting garden writing by the best garden writers can be found.

The garden is open in summer to parties and individuals – see visitor information.

For more, see reviews of the garden.

Yew walk Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

The garden is set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. A favourite part with visitors and ourselves is the dramatic reflecting pool.

The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes. Anne has a great interest in the history of the local landscape and has incorporated this into the garden design, in particular a large parterre of grasses in a pattern of box hedges based on the local Tithe Map of 1842.

Much of the garden was made on ancient grassland, which has been conserved in many parts of the garden, especially the Meadow.


Featured as an inspirational garden on Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love Your Garden’, on Escape to the Country (Monmouthshire. Link to YouTube – garden bit from 17min 15 seconds.) and on German, Welsh and French television.

Coach parties are welcome by appointment. (see Visitor Information)

For more details and opening times please see Visitor Information.
You can also call 01291 650 836 or email
(For information about the NGS opening please see here.)

Troughs at Veddw, copyright Anne Wareham June 2013 030 (2) troughs

Combine a visit to us

with a visit to nearby Arts and Crafts garden-

High Glanau, Helena Gerrish’s garden, (tel 01600 860 005 )

or to the unique

Dewstow Gardens and Grottos or –  

sculptures, just outside Tintern:

The Wye Valley Sculpture Garden – see this post for more details.

Find unique place to stay – Welsh Gatehouse

And, of course, visit the beautiful Wye Valley.


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