Crai Gardens Inspire and Delight – were you there?

Eight glorious gardens in the beautiful Crai Valley recently opened their gates to visitors as part of the 2014 National Gardens Scheme  . Over 200 people arrived from far and near, following the easily recognised yellow signs to share the delights of each very different garden. Some traditional cottage gardens with favourite blooms in the herbaceous border, some contemporary with sculptures and zinc troughs as containers for a riot of colour while others excelled in growing fruit and vegetables to perfection. Visitors enjoyed the chance to ask questions of their knowledgeable hosts. Beautiful willow gates enticed visitors to explore further and exclaim at the vistas beyond set to the backdrop of the  wonderful landscape of the Upper Usk Valley.

After a happy few hours touring the gardens visitors could return to the village hall to be refreshed by a fantastic array of cakes, tea and coffee and the opportunity to purchase some plants or produce to take home as a memento of a wonderful day out.

Money was raised for 3 charities including the excellent Gardening Leave which provides horticultural therapy for armed forces veterans.

Grateful thanks go to the talented gardeners who spent many hours getting their gardens into tip top condition ready for the event. Here’s to next year’s event!

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Snowdrops at Madog Barn, Cray, Upper Usk Valley Brecon Beacons

Snowdrops at Madog Barn Self Catering Holiday Cottage, Cray


Snowdrops at Madog Barn in Crai, Upper Usk Valley

Following the hugely successful appearance of 6 Crai gardens in the 2013 National Gardens Scheme ‘Garden Open’ programme, a small friendly garden club was born which now meets on the first Monday of each month in Crai Hall at 7.30pm. All Upper Usk Valley residents are invited to join this informal group. By no means all experts, members aim to share ideas and learn from each other. Topics covered so far are such as – which plants best suit our local climate, the contained garden and a discussion around good seed & plant catalogues and useful websites to view. In the summer months it is planned to hold meetings in each other’s gardens.

With an eye already on participation in the 2014 Gardens Open programme, the next meeting on Monday 3 March at 7.30pm will welcome Mr Gareth Davies  to give an illustrated talk on 25 years of gardens under the National Garden Scheme. Everyone welcome, refreshments available. £2 at the door.

Why not come along and see what we get up to?

Garden Club contact is Robert 01874 636194