PENARTH PIER’S 1-DAY DYFFRYN GARDEN WOWS VISITORS & NEIGHBOURS

Yes this really is Penarth Pier - but not as we know it

Yes this really is Penarth Pier – but not as we know it

Scores of strollers turning onto Penarth Pier this morning found that the familiar vista of planks, railings and immaculate paintwork  was just a little bit different from usual.

More than forty different species of plants – many of them exotic varieties –  have been specially brought-in by a combined staff/volunteeer team from the National Trust’s  Dyffryn Gardens to form a temporary  free exhibition which  – in substance if not in scale –  many thought was  almost the equal of the Chelsea Flower show.

Yes this is a Banana Tree - growing on Penarth Pier - with Dyffryn Garden's volunteer Dave to answer visitors'; questions

Yes this is a Banana Tree – growing on Penarth Pier – with Dyffryn Gardens volunteer Dave standing by to answer questions from visitors. And no we have no actual bananas. It’s too cool in the UK

One of the largest plants on show is a banana tree – but there are also palm-trees , herbs, shrubs, flowers , and a variety of exotic species which are unlikely to be encountered in any garden centre.

This little show is a botanical foretaste of the range of plants that can be seen  at Dyffryn Gardens near St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan   (CF5 6SU) The Dyffryn House Gardens team fielding a torrent of questions from fascinated visitors. There are free brochures to take away

The Dyffryn House Gardens team fielding a torrent of questions from fascinated visitors. There are free brochures to take away

The intention of free exhibition is to give visitors to Penarth Pier an idea of the range of species they can see growing in situ at Dyffryn House – but in fact the exhibition immediately attracted dozens of local residents living near the Pier  who – even though they live in apartments – cultivate a wide range of pot plants themselves. They descended on the Dyffryn House team to bombard the team with questions with questions and admire the exhibits.

Some Dyffryn Gardens produce is for sale - (at Dyffryn) including organically grown rhubarb

Some Dyffryn Gardens produce is for sale – (at Dyffryn) including organically grown rhubarb

The plants aren’t for sale – but that didn’t stop some members of the public asking they could buy some of them . At Dyffryn Gardens however, many plants can be bought every day including organically-grown rhubarb , leeks and onions.

This eyecatching dark pot plant is proving to be the hit of the show

This eye catching dark pot plant is proving to be the hit of the show

Undoubtedly the glasshouse species which created the most interest on Penarth Pier  was Aeonium  “Rednum Zwartkey” – a dark brown glossy flower   which apparently needs a huge amount of drainage to grow.

The Dyffryn Gardens Exhibition will continue at Penarth Pier until 21:30 this evening

 

 

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13 Responses to PENARTH PIER’S 1-DAY DYFFRYN GARDEN WOWS VISITORS & NEIGHBOURS

  1. Anne says:

    Unfortunately there is no public transport to Dyffryn Gardens.

    • penarthblog says:

      The main reason I don’t go.

    • Peter Church says:

      By bus:
      X2 bus service to St Nicholas, then approx 1 mile (1.6km) walk along road without pavement.

    • Ian Perry says:

      Access is poor to a number of great attractions in the Vale of Glamorgan – unless you have access to a car. 20% of people living in the Vale of Glamorgan do not have access to a car.

      Dyffryn House and Gardens are difficult to get to with out a car, as is the Amelia Trust Farm, Hendrewennol Fruit Farm, Warren Mill Farm and a number of commercial eateries. First, we need to enable families with young children to cycle about the rural Vale in comfort and safety, because cycling itself is a fun and healthy activity enjoyed by people of all ages. Then they will have a choice, if that have access to a car, whether they drive or cycle to one of the many attractions in the Vale.

      Secondly, we need a public transport system that is incredibly convenient and that links homes to places of work, leisure, etc. and operates 7 days a week. The proposed park and ride at Cosmeston Lakes and Country Park has no place on any transport system. There needs to be a vision and ambition, with people determined to make public transport the best choice for travel (without making journeys by car any worse).

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    Last year we had the “gentlemen bikers” today “Dyffryn on the pier”-I noticed something going on but I thought it was BBC Wales filming a new “Day of the Triffids”, or someone’s wedding “do”-wish they would publicise these events in advance as it looked like a good display.

  3. Christopher David says:

    Jeezzzzz how about some positives eh! At least Mr Church has something positive to say. This looks like a great event that could be built on and made annual. In fact maybe a few different events could be organised on the pier each year. Does Penarth still have the holiday week and the artists displaying ? Turner house could be included once they have put he building back as it was. Just keep the VOG out of the Penarth plans and get PDC to put a working group together for annual Pen events. PDC a business plan is needed…. one that includes marketing mind.

  4. Dizzydeb says:

    I agree, there is no way to find out what’s going on in Penarth and the Bay. I would like to have seen this if I’d known it was there yesterday☹️.

  5. Peter Church says:

    I went down to the pier at 19:00 and it had all gone back to home Dyffryn!!
    I would ask for my money back if I was charged, which I wasn’t but if I was I would.

  6. RosieB says:

    I can ensure you the show of plants did not last until 21:30 hrs, as advertised. I went along the pier before 21.00 hrs, and not a plant in sight! There were lots of people on the pier, probably also looking for the elusive plants that weren’t there.

  7. penarthblog says:

    When it comes to events like this in Penarth, I consider myself to be fairly well informed, but even I didn’t know about this. I think it was a fantastic idea, an event to attract locals and visitors alike and a chance to promote the pier and other things on the Esplanade and above all, a great business opportunity, all sadly missed, but there’s always a next time.

  8. Jane Foster says:

    It really was a magnificent display while it lasted – and I’m not ashamed to say I was one of the disappointed few who thought the plants were on sale!

  9. Parcel says:

    Its a plant…………

  10. Ivor Bagman says:

    When I asked about
    the lack of weeds
    They told me the
    Tide was out and to
    Skinny dip on the beach .

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