Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Llanbedr and Tal-y-Bont Open Gardens Day

After a lovely long doggie walk in the beautiful sunshine on Sunday morning we dropped the doggies back at home for a snooze and then set off to the other side of the valley to have a wander round the gardens that were open in the Llanbedr and Tal-y-Bont Open Gardens Day. 

 Arriving in the village we bought our map in the village hall along with a few raffle tickets, and first things first, sat down for a cup of coffee and slice of cake, then once we were suitably fuelled up we set off up the hill to the first garden.

It was just my sort of garden, full of trees, with nature just about under control and with something to see at every turn.

This tree trunk wood carving was amazing ....

... the detail truly lovely.

The rest of the tree was planked just like our old oak tree was a couple of years ago and the wood left drying in just the same way as ours.  Nothing wasted .... but they had artwork as well.  Hopefully our tree base will one day soon be a table top and we will be able to drink in the view of the valley from seats around it.

They had left little signs hanging all around the garden  :-)

But their scarecrow made me jump out of my skin!!

We climbed high up the hill to partake of a fantastic lunch at the Valley View Tea Rooms, which turned out to be someone's house completely thrown open to the public and bursting at the seams with happy diners.

In one of the gardens Lovely Hubby found a man shed that ticked all his boxes.

And in another there was a view like no other ...

... and a certain Donald Trump was to be found relaxing in a wheelbarrow.

We had a brilliant day out. 

We walked for miles, talked to lots of garden owners, including a lovely elderly couple that lived high on the hillside and gardened their very steep garden without any help at all.  Pinched lots of ideas and were struck by inspiration at almost every turn.

Then it was back to the village hall for more coffee and cake, and a few very necessary plant purchases before setting off for the bridge across the river and home.

If you're in this area in two years time be sure to lookout for the roadside signs that advertise this fantastic day.

Sue xx


  1. Looks like you had a great time there

    Julie xxxxx

  2. Loving for fun aspects of the garden. I agree the tree carving is magnificent.

  3. That's a fun place, and the carvings are fantastic. Wonder if that is the Talybont along the USK and canal from Brecon and Pencelli, where my granny and her family lived.

    1. No it's not, there's a Talybont-on-Usk, which might be the one you are referring in South Wales, there's another Talybont (all one word) near Ceredigion in mid Wales, a few others that I've heard of and across the valley from us Tal-y-Bont, Conwy.

  4. Thank you Sue for the photo's of your garden visit day out, we to like to do the same thing down here in Cornwall, may you and your dear hubby enjoy many more days out now that he is working from home. Hope your poly tunnels are progressing well, good growing weather down here sunshine, Cornish Mizzle and humidity. Happy Gardening.

  5. The tree carving is amazing.

    God bless.

  6. Stunning owl tree carving.

  7. Ha ha! I do like that sign. I wonder if anyone took them up on it :)

  8. This looks fabulous. What a shame we are staying in a cottage just on the outskirts of tal y bont at the end of June so will have missed the open gardens.


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