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South Wales & Borders Group: Dinas Powis and Dyffryn Gardens
September 22, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Polypodies in Dinas Powis and Victorian style fernery at Dyffryn Gardens,
The national society visited the Polypodies of Dinas Powis way back in 1990, when they saw
all three species and even managed to spy plants of the cultivar P. australe ‘Richard Kayes’,
which was first recorded from this location even further back in 1668. The latter required
binoculars then and it would be fantastic if we could confirm its continued presence after over
300 years. However, if that proves difficult, we should still be able to see the three main
species and be able to compare them.
After a pub lunch we will visit the nearby National Trust property of Dyffryn Gardens. This
has a Thomas Mawson Edwardian garden laid out in 1906 with various themed rooms and an
extensive collection of interesting trees. The fernery has been more recently added with help
from a certain Mr M Rickard. If you are a National Trust member, please remember to bring
your card. If possible, we will arrange a guided tour.
We hope to finish the day with afternoon tea at the garden and a plant swap in the car park.
Meet at 10:30 just off the minor road from Leckwith to Dinas Powis at ST154 716. Coming
from Leckwith, just at the bottom of the hill that takes you into Dinas Powis there is some
parking on the right hand side at the start of a green lane and more on street parking opposite
in Millbrook Road.