The weather forecasters were wrong again…yesterday turned out fine and sunny so we decided to have a visit to the Cae Hir Gardens in Cardiganshire…just 40 minutes drive from here – up to Lampeter through twisty turny roads and you’re there.
We had the wonderful gardens to ourselves as everyone else had listened to the weather forecast and stayed at home.
Cae Hir A Welsh Garden with a Dutch History http://www.caehirgardens.com
Covering 6 acres of rural Welsh hillside in Ceredigion, Cae Hir Gardens were envisaged, designed and solely created by Dutchman Wil Akkermans, whose family history in Dutch Horticulture stretches back over 200 years! The gardens are a feat of dedication and stamina coupled with the remarkable creative and artistic ability to paint a masterpiece using plants instead of oils; and rough fields instead of a canvas.
Since its conception in 1983, Cae Hir has matured and developed into one of Britain’s most highly acclaimed gardens, featured alongside such national institutions as Bodnant, Blenheim Palace and Sandringham as one of the select Royal Horticultural Society’s Partner Gardens. For a garden created from 4 fields of Welsh farmland by one man and a series of old fashioned hand tools, this is nothing short of astonishing!
We were very lucky to have a long chat with the creator of this fantastic garden -Wil Akkermans. It was a privilege to meet such an inspirational and creative gentleman.
The gardens are outstanding and are proof of the energy, dedication and vision that were needed by Wil Akkermans to create them .
After our refreshments we crossed the road and visited the water gardens and the rose garden. There were a number of ponds covered with lilies and bordered by a running stream and the roses were in bloom …all very pretty and interesting.
The Cae Hir website has all the details about entry/ cost/ history www.caehirgardens.com
What a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon in Wales.