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Grandma's Garden

Inspiration for the senses, unique, fascinating, educational and fun. Strategic seating, continuous new attractions, wildlife abundant, 9 acres of peace. Sculptures, poetry arboretum. Seven sensory gardens, wildlife pond, riverside boardwalk, stone circle, labyrinth. Azaleas and bluebells in May. Children welcome.

Open every Sun and Wed (10.30-4.30). Plas Dolguog Hotel open their café in the conservatory - the hotel is the admission point - serving inside and out on patio overlooking gardens.

Opening for NGS:
Wednesday 31 May (10.30am - 4.30pm). Admission £4.00, child £1.50. Cream teas.

Richard Rhodes

For other opening times and information, please phone 01654 702244, email or visit

How to find us

Grandma's Garden, Dolguog Estates, Felingerrig, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8UJ

1½m E of Machynlleth. Turn L off A489 Machynlleth to Newtown rd. Follow brown tourist signs to Plas Dolguog Hotel.

More about Grandma's Garden

Grandma's Garden - a place to find inner peace. An idyllic place of peace, overlooking the Snowdonia National Park and the Dyfi Valley, covering nine acres.
The garden is virtually a miniature nature reserve, which has received the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation for the last six years and was officially dedicated by David Bellamy O.B.E. in July 2004.
The garden includes seven small gardens, each one designed to speak through, stimulate and delight the senses with which we are each blessed. A Sight and Light garden, particularly enchanting to visitors with a hearing impairment; a garden of Sound, Scent and Touch, a sensory joy - particularly to those with a sight impairment; Mother Nature's Magic garden, focussing on edible plants and healing herbs; a Children's Enchanted garden with plenty to stimulate young imaginations; a garden of Other Realms encouraging an exploration of the great literature; a Celtic symbol of Infinity to walk the path of life; and Humanity's Destiny garden envisaging the unity of man. Each small garden has a poem to foster reflection of the Human Condition.
The gardens have been designed by Diana Rhodes (Grandma), herself a wheelchair user, the main paths are hard topped making them suitable for visitors with particular needs.
Other features in the garden include: wildlife pond and arbour, bog garden, stone circle. Strategic seating.
All year interest is achieved through spring bulbs, bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons, rose arches, willow arbour, new orchard, herbs, autumn colour.
The river Dulas and its banks are home to much wildlife including otters. The garden is an inspiration for garden lovers, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts. Richard and Diana's home generates over 90% of its own energy use each year, using an underground geo-thermal system and photovoltaic technology, being carbon emission free.