Summer prep and willow craft at the Perennial

We are getting into the swing of the season now, with the Spring Equinox behind us and the soil warming beneath our feet.  The garden still looks bare compared to its summer fullness but every day we get excited by more shoots pushing up through the mulch, and more buds swelling and blooming. 

Some stalwarts have been with us throughout the worst weather including Alstroemerias which will not flower until June, yet the fresh green foliage marks where the lovely trumpets will blow.

We have a hardy little Erodium, related to Geraniums, that has borne pink and white flowers amongst soft green leaves all winter…and an old-fashioned Dianthus  we call “Giles Pink” (named after the friend who gave it to us) that has carried a single, deep pink clove-scented flower since January.

Looking ahead to the great growth of summer, I am building structures and ‘objects’ into the garden, both the perennial garden and the annual flower cutting patch, which plants and flowers will weave around.  They make interesting ‘full stops’ in the general leafiness, which is restful and pleasing…and of course some are intended to be supports for climbers and scramblers to give the ‘flower-show’ height and body.



We have some craft courses that will teach folk how to ‘make their own’. Clare Revera will be running a day course on weaving willow structures for the garden. The first is on Thursday April 25th when she will teach the skills to make obelisks and small decorative trellis from willow (see examples in pictures).

Later in the summer, Perennial will host workshops taught by Clare to make a round fruit bowl (May 23rd), a small garden sculpture of a hen or a duck (on July 18th) and finally a square flower basket on either 15th or 22nd August (to be confirmed).


Cafe, shop, garden open 7 days during summer

The shop opens with exiting new ranges of products for 2019 and of course the delicious salads and Rhosgadw Lamb and Beef.

Café, Shop and Garden open 11am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday from Easter onwards, plus Bank Holiday Mondays. As the summer progresses we will extend opening hours and open 7 days a week. Visit our website for all the details.


Remember we also host Spring Gardening Afternoons (Thursdays)
and the Perennial Garden Club (fortnightly)

Contact Gill Lewis for more information and to book a place.

Willow workshops at the Perennial

Workshops will run from 10am to about 4pm and include all materials, teaching, morning & afternoon refreshments, plus lunch in the Perennial Cafe.

Cost – £75 per person (max 6 people) 

Join us for a relaxing, enjoyable and constructive day

Obelisks and small decorative trellis

25 Apr

Round fruit bowl

23 MAY

Hen or Duck sculpture

18 JUL

Square flower basket

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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