This is the only garden in the village of Tintern at present open to the public.
The Nurtons Garden covers about two acres on the hillside overlooking the River Wye. It is a "Plantsman's Garden" with a host of unusual plants in a natural setting; most notably a fine collection of over 100 Hosta varieties, an extensive collection of Salvias, and a rich variety of ferns and grasses. These are displayed within open sunny beds and borders, shady areas, rockery and a large formal Herb Garden which contains one of the largest collection of medicinal plants in Wales.
The nursery on site sells many unusual herbaceous perennials and herbs.
Access is from the drive opposite the Old Station, Tintern on the main road.
The garden is open daily (except Tuesdays) 10:30 - 5:00. early March - October.
Tel and FAX : 01291-689253
The "Nurtons" have a web site at www.thenurtons.co.uk
Veddw House Garden is just four miles from Tintern, near Devauden, (see map on the website www.veddw.co.uk) and is open every Sunday afternoon in June, July and August.
There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. The owners, Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes, are interested in local landscape history and have incorporated this interest into the garden design, in particular in a large parterre of grasses inside a pattern of box hedges, based on the local Tithe map.
Elsewhere, thoughts about what "natural" & "wild" mean have been an influence, for example in the "Cornfield Garden" where cornfield weeds and barley are grown in formal beds. A dramatic reflecting pool with a sculptural seat is a recent notable addition, but many people's favourite parts will still be the ornamental vegetable plot, with rose border, brick paths and standard roses or the colour themed gardens and borders.
The garden is an RHS Partnership Garden, and is featured in the Good Gardens Guide, the BBC Gardener's World Garden Lover's Guide to Britain and the RHS Garden Finder. See also the book "Gardens of Illusion" by Sara Maitland.
Anne Wareham is a garden writer for the Times, The English Garden, The RHS Garden, Country Living and others; Charles Hawes is a garden photographer, his pictures feature in those and other publications.
website - www.veddw.co.uk
Veddw House, Devauden,
Monmouthshire NP16 6PH
Tel 01291 650 836
Fax 01291 650 948