Pembrokeshire’s best kept secret in the heart of St. Bride’s Bay
Gardening with Jim Saul – Hilton Court Gardens and Crafts
Open daily from 10am to 4.30pm all year round (Christmas closure from 23rd Dec to 1st Jan) Hilton Court Gardens and Crafts was Jim Saul’s choice to visit this July. Owners Cheryl and Peter Lynch have created a garden of astonishing variety and beauty in the 27 years they have lived there. Starting with just some woodland and a very wet valley they now have acres of gardens, ponds, woodland and a solar dome with semi-tropical plants to explore – a mini-Eden Project right here in Pembrokeshire.
The solar dome at Hilton Court Gardens is 35m in diameter and is especially appealing to younger visitors, who can see lemons and bananas growing. They can also try ‘Sending a Whisper’ right round the dome.
The calendar at Hilton Court Gardens includes seasonal open-air theatrical performances.
Moving to Hilton in 1977, this land was a bog and it was not until 1989 that Cheryl and Peter began work on creating the gardens that we can all enjoy today. The work was completed – if a garden is ever really finished – ‘bit by bit’, which surprises many visitors, as they imagine that such an established garden must have been in place for a century or more.