Date – 14 September 2019
Time – 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where – Bordervale Plants, Nant-y-deri, Sandy Lane, Ystradowen, Cowbridge CF71 7SX. View Map

Two contrasting study visits. A specialist nursery set within its own mature oak woodland complete with streamside bog gardens and meadows. In the afternoon enjoy the tour of the formal splendour of the Thomas Mawson designed gardens at Dyffryn.

Morning visit to Bordervale Plants – starting at 10:30am

Bordervale Plants is a nursery specialising in unusual herbaceous perennials, come trees and shrubs as well as cottage garden plants.  It is set within its own mature oak woodland valley with mixed borders and streamside bog gardens and meadows.  We will be shown round by the owner Claire Jenkins who is a CIH member. For more information please visit their website (opens an external link).

Lunch – you can make your own arrangements or there is a café at Dryffryn Gardens which is our afternoon visit (postcode: CF5 6SU)   The two sites are approximately 8 miles apart / 20 min drive

Dryffryn Gardens – starting at 2:30pm

The gardens at Dyffryn cover more than 55 acres. With intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum, there’s plenty for you to explore. The majority of the gardens you see today are true to the original design. There was also a strong theme of experimentation and fluidity to the planting as Reginald Cory was passionate about propagating and breeding many exotic and foreign species that he and others brought back from plant hunting forays all over the world.  Over the next few years the gardens are undergoing an ambitious revival to restore them to their original 1920s splendour. For more information please visit their website (opens an external link).

CPD Value: 4 points (Category 4).

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