People say all kinds of things about Veddw. Here’s a selection of their comments.

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. Alan Titchmarsh

Anne, I like your garden. Piet Oudolf

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 - RHS “The Garden”

Interesting feedback.

An Addition to the visit from Brockweir, Hewelsfield and St Briavels Garden Society's feedback The group leader now points out to me that I only asked  about the people who didn't appreciate the garden: the majority did like it. And she asked me to add a new last...

A praise poem to the place by Elizabeth Musgrave

This is a personal email to me from a friend, so perhaps doesn't belong as a review. But Elizabeth discusses and responds to that which is so important to me, and which is so much at the heart of the garden that I wanted it here. I think what she has to say is...

Veddw en fête and at dusk by Robert Webber

We were both delighted to be invited to Veddw by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes for their Summer Party last weekend. Aside from fascinating people, including ‘literati and glitterati’ from the garden world, great food and flowing wine, the context of the garden itself...

Recent articles and reviews of Veddw

Links to articles about Anne and Veddw. (see also Anne's writing ) Veddw A visit to Veddw House Garden Is less more? And for whom?  Trying not to say 'lovely' Visiting Veddw The Struggle: Working Man's Blues  Veddw - a thinking person's garden An Undulating Eye-Opener...

Review of Veddw by Bridget Rosewell

  The garden made by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes in the Welsh Borders has been described by Anne as a modern romantic garden.  I struggle with this description which conjures up for me visions of 1980's music and Adam Ant.  In this review I try to come up with an...

Review of Veddw House Garden by Noel Kingsbury

  The following review of Veddw was taken from Gardens Illustrated, November 2006. Listening to the praise of visitors is always pleasant for garden owners who open their gardens to the public. Not so for Anne Wareham, who says she is ‘tired of hearing people tell me...

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

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

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

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