15th JUNE & 16th JUNE 2024

Patron: Iolo Williams

Have you have ever wondered what is on the other side of a wall or hedge or tucked behind the houses in St Davids? Well now you have the opportunity to find out!

The gardens in Britain’s smallest city all very a great deal in size, history, design and interest and some of them have agreed to open for the public to explore and to help raise funds for Prostate Cymru and our local community garden, Erw Dewi / Dewi’s Acre. St Davids City was recognised as the first Bee Friendly City in Wales and, with the leadership of our The Bug Farm, a Pollinator Trail has been developed.  A small but dynamic city indeed.

Some of the gardens owners will be offering refreshments or plant sales, but all will be offering a warm welcome and be happy to answer questions about their plants and garden. So check for details of each garden to plan your visit over the Open Gardens Weekend. There is no set trail – just plan your own when you have read about each one. The garden descriptions have been written by their owners and will include information about steps and stairs, difficult access, places to sit and rest or to enjoy the view and whether they welcome dogs. It means you can choose where to go, when you want.

There will also be a Gardeners’ Market  in Cross Square, thanks to the support of St Davids City Community Council  with stalls including plants, flowers, charcoal and bee products. We are also pleased to welcome the Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru who be present to promote their awareness programme, as well as local environmental community group, EcoDewi, who will be on hand to talk about their projects, how you can get involved and all about their collaboration with St Davids Cathedral to create the new community garden.

St Davids City Open Gardens is very much focused on how gardens can benefit nature, as well as people, and we encourage wild gardens as much as traditional gardens.  Our gardeners are really keen to encourage birds and insects into their gardens by attracting them with food-stations, watering places, bug hotels and nesting boxes. 

We are very proud that Iolo Williams, the naturalist, wildlife TV presenter and writer best known for his BBC and S4C nature programmes working in both Welsh and English, is supporting the Open Gardens Weekend by agreeing to be its Patron.

“All these events look fabulous and will help make St Davids a much more pleasant place for wildlife and people, well done.” Iolo Williams.

Spring is on the way and green fingers are getting itchy.

If you have a garden in the St Davids area and think you could take part next year or if you’d like to help the organisers plan next year’s event, please do get in touch with us.