We’re coming to the end of the open gardens season now, but I thought I’d share with you a wonderful garden I visited earlier in the summer. Back in July, I had the pleasure of visiting the garden at Fraithwen near Tregynon, here in Mid Wales.
Sydney Thomas has been opening her garden for the National Garden Scheme for twenty years this year and was presented with a National Garden Scheme fork and certificate in recognition of her wonderful work and support for the charity. Sydney is a very knowledgeable plantswoman and it was great to see her in action when anyone asked about a particular plant (and she could tell you what it was from a brief description of where it was in her garden!).
Fraithwen has such a beautiful sweeping garden and you can see why National Garden Scheme visitors have been going back year after year.
The one and a half-acre garden lies on the gentle slope of a hill. It has herbaceous borders, rockeries, ponds and a wealth of wildlife. Birds tweeted, bees buzzed and butterflies fluttered all around the garden while we were there. Even Sydney’s cat appeared for a bit of a fuss. You imagine the countryside to be quiet and peaceful, but Sydney’s garden is alive with the sound of nature!
Volunteers served plenty of tea and cake throughout the afternoon and the stall selling plants from Sydney’s garden did a good trade (with money from sales donated to deserving health charities through the National Garden Scheme).
Fraithwen is now open by arrangement (on pre-agreed dates) until the end of October. So if you wish to visit this beautiful garden this year, you’ll need to be quick! Please contact Sydney to discuss dates (details on the National Garden Scheme website).