Garden Guide

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Veddw House Garden - Meadow 2

“My favourite NGS gardens include the Charles Jenks Garden of Cosmic Speculation and the Yew Wave garden at Veddw House in Wales.”
Jane Owen, Financial Times, 

For further information and pictures on various aspects of the garden use the links below the Garden Plan.

“If I were a garden designer I would be a bit miffed by the fact that every list of iconic or outstanding contemporary gardens comprises special places which have, in most cases, been created by people who are not professional garden designers.

Jarman, Jencks, Finlay, Strong/Oman at The Laskett and Wareham/Hawes at Veddw – all of these have been made by individuals who have come to gardens or landscape relatively late in life via other artistic disciplines or interests.”
Tim Richardson, Garden Design Journal

Veddw House Garden - Garden Plan - Garden Map

Copyright Elizabeth Buckley 2010

North Garden South Garden 17. Triangle
1. Chris’ Seat 9. Magnolia Walk 18. Pool Garden
2. Charles’ Garden 10. Charles’ Wood 19. Hedge Garden
3. Grey Border & Leymus Bed 11. ‘That Population’ Gate 20. Hosta Walk
4. Cotoneaster Walk 12. Wild Garden 21. Ruin
5. Meadow 13. Windfall Garden 22. Pond
6. Front Garden 14. Hazel Coppice 23. New Garden
7. Orchard 15. Conservatory 24. Cornfield Garden
8. Orchard Border 16. Crescent Border 25. Grasses Parterre

(The links above take you to details about those parts of the garden)

“Most of our best-known, most-visited gardens are merely pretty, or, worse, picturesque. The efforts of gardeners such as Sara Maitland and Anne Wareham to raise our consciousness beyond merely oohing and aahing about dazzling mixed borders or crediting splashing water with promoting relaxation have so far had little effect.
When, at Veddw in Monmouthshire, Wareham replants the lines of vanished hedgerows with box and fills the enclosed spaces with grasses and hardy perennials, she is linking the land-use of the past with the aesthetic of the lordly parterre. By giving expression to contemporary sensibility about conservation, she invites intellectual engagement.
Gardening can be – should be – conceptual, which is simply a way of saying that gardens should have ideas in them and the ideas should be perceptible.”
Germaine Greer, The Guardian, 4th June 2007

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