On the side of a hill in Radnorshire, 1000ft up, sits The Rock House just outside of the village of Llanbister. Its current keepers, Jude & Sue, have transformed the garden at the property from a rocky, clay-covered field to a wonderful space where you just don’t know what you might find next.
Jude & Sue usually open the garden for the National Garden Scheme at the end of May, but it just wasn’t possible this year with Wales being in full lockdown at that point. Finally, at the beginning of last month restrictions were eased enough to enable NGS gardens to re-open in Wales, and Jude & Sue kindly agreed to open their beautiful garden at the end of July.
The rain threatened to come and dampen our afternoon. Thankfully, it held off until we were leaving, meaning we were able to have a lovely wander around the garden at our own pace.
The garden overlooks St Cynllo’s Church, with views down the Ithon valley. You can sit on a bench and enjoy the view down the valley or take a pew under a tree in the meadow (which is full of bluebells in the spring). Butterflies and bees danced around the meadow while we were there.
As I said, the garden at Rock House is one of those places where you just don’t know what you might. Among the flowerbeds, bushes and trees, you’ll find all kinds of unexpected things, from a photographer made of wire and a wooden horse to the front of a post box and a metal dragonfly. There are so many other things to see too!
If you want to see a garden of interest, this is it. An array of different flowers and plants, complete with unexpected elements.
Sadly, this garden won’t be open again this year, so you’ll have to wait until next year to visit. I can assure you though, it will be worth the wait!
If you’d like to visit another garden in Wales this summer, don’t forget to visit the National Garden Scheme website to pre-book your tickets.