Welcome to Abbey Dore Court Garden. A beautiful, mature, six acre, plant-lovers’ garden run by Charis Ward with formal, wild and river areas set in the glorious Herefordshire countryside. Just over the river bridge is a further four acre meadow full of unusual trees.
About the Gardens
Abbey Dore Court Garden is located at the Southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley in South Herefordshire, just 15 miles from Hay-on-Wye, 12 miles from Hereford and 15 miles North of Abergavenny.
Just in view of the famous 1147 Cistercian Abbey is this lovely six acre garden made up of a number of very different parts.
As you enter the garden there is a relatively new area with bamboos, trees and shrubs. Several borders add colour and interest.
The walled garden has nine individual borders, divided by brick paths. Only bulbs mark where the orchard once was. This area now has a central path, with wirework arches leading to a sculpture with water.
Two long borders, planted purple, gold, bluey green and silver take you to the River Dore and a wild garden full of trees, shrubs and bulbs.
Over the river a 4 acre arboretum of young and unusual trees leads to a seat under two large sequoias. There are other seats throughout the garden where visitors are encouraged to sit and enjoy the peace of the garden.
Alongside the garden is a small nursery specialising in herbaceous perennials.
The Garden has now been open to the public since 1976 and is the work of Charis Ward with considerable help from family members through the years.
The Garden is accessible by wheelchair. There are many gravel paths. The tearoom is also accessible and facilities are avaliable.
The gardens feature:
- Good collections of helleborus, paeonia, astrantia, ferns and bamboos
- Small nursery specialising in herbaceous perennials
- 1 acre walled garden
- Good collection of herbaceous plants for sale
- The Stables Tearoom