Garden club, talks and traditional craft at the Perennial

The Perennial is a little jewel for garden lovers just outside of St Davids.  The garden is a feast for the eyes, the nursery stocked with home grown plants and the café is a treat for those who appreciate the simple pleasures of quality leaf tea, freshly roasted coffees and good fresh food.  And there is a buzz of other activities this summer.

A Garden Club meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons 2pm – 4pm to look at particular horti-skills of sowing, propagation, design, compost making and other core skills for developing and maintaining gardens that give pleasure and produce. Dates in July are the 9th and 23rd July (£5.00 per session).

Please book a day in advance – email for more details at

Willow orbs and flower basket workshops

Clare Revera will be running her one day willow weaving courses; relaxing, enjoyable and creative days. On July 18th you can sign up for a day making Willow Spheres and making a Square Flower Basket on 20th August. The workshops will run from 10am to about 4pm, and include all materials, teaching and refreshments, including lunch provided by the Perennial Cafe. The cost is £75 per person

Book each workshop by contacting Gill Lewis at

Other crafts and talks

Through August we will add further craft courses and talks to our schedules. These will include Charlie Martin who will explain how he makes wonderful worm compost and how some of these methods can be applied at home. David Hunter will also run a spoon making workshop. A cyanotype making and creative use of garden herbs are also on the cards. And more is in the works!

The website, our Facebook page and Instagram will have up to date details and dates as they are confirmed.

Gardening books for charity

You can also browse through the Perennial collection of second hand gardening books and take them away in exchange for a contribution to the Perennial’s charity of the year – Thrive.  This is a charity that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Take a look at their website.


This story is part of the Life Seeker newspaper

Authors - Gill Lewis & Pippa Allen

Authors - Gill Lewis & Pippa Allen

Co-owners of the Perennial Gardens and Cafe in St Davids. Gill and Pippa were inspired to set up a new business together, to enjoy the challenges of putting life-learnt skills into practical use, putting something back into the local community through employing and training younger staff, adding to the St Davids 'visitor offer' and supporting the best of local food producers.

Gill began with a career in academic botany in various parts of the world, has been a gardener all her adult life, a garden designer in Pembrokeshire for the last two decades, and used to work at The Perennial Nursery as the 'Saturday girl'. Pippa also has a first degree in botany but was diverted into business and the economics of healthcare and her PhD is in this field. She has an unruly and interesting garden, keeps bees and cats, and loves a challenge.

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