Talk: Between a Bog and a Hard Rock

Christina shows in this talk the development and inspiration behind the making of Dyffryn Fernant Garden, which she started from a wilderness in 1996.

Dyffryn Fernant, Christina’s garden, is a personal statement, her response to the landscape in which it sits, under the Preseli hills, one mile from the sea in Pembrokeshire. In this richly illustrated talk, ‘Between a Bog and a Hard Rock’, she explains the motivation behind the making of it, how she dealt with various inhospitable environments, some of her triumphs and disasters, hopes and desires for the future.

Christina by Jacki Sime

Christina by Jacki Sime

“I found it fascinating, a good story well told and beautifully illustrated. All I’ve heard from other members is along the same lines: ‘delightful’, ‘inspiring’, etc.”
Alex Siddall, Reading Gardeners

The talk lasts approximately one hour with a power point presentation of photographs throughout.

Boulder in Magic Garden
Gunnera in Bog Garden

We supply our own digital projector, screen and all other equipment as necessary. We can also offer the talk via Zoom. For fees and expenses please enquire on

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Open 12 - 5pm - Sunday to Friday

April to October

Closed on Saturdays (except for bank holiday weekends)

Visitor Information

The Library is open to visitors

Tea, coffee & hot chocolate available

Visitor toilets

FREE parking

Picnics welcome

Lots of seats around the garden

Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the garden


Adults £7

Children (under 16) FREE

Season Ticket for One Adult £20

Season Ticket for Two Adults £35

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