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Cae Hir Gardens

A late twentieth century garden, surprising and original. The garden was designed by Dutch born Wil Akkermans and uses both native and exotic plants. Started in 1983 on fields of smallholding - first phase opened 30th April 1989 - final phase opened 18th May 1995.


Perhaps the most astonishing part of the history of Cae Hir is that the whole garden, all 6 acres, has been envisaged, designed, created and maintained by just ONE man – Wil Akkermans, using only traditional hand tools (apart from a mower of course). Unlike many successful gardens, Cae Hir has never had the benefit of financial support or backing by anyone other than immediate family. It is a testament to him and his wife Gillian that, through thick and thin, success has prevailed. In 2004, after having been featured many times on national and local TV, local radio, in national and local newspapers, magazines and gardening publications, Cae Hir was invited by the Royal Horticultural Society to become one of its Partner Gardens, one of only a few in Wales to be given this accolade. Now retired, Wil has handed over Cae Hir Gardens to his children who are slowly putting their own stamp on this unusual garden. It is truly a family business, ensuring you will always receive a warm welcome!

Cae Hir Gardens, Cribyn, Lampeter, Cardiganshire, Wales, SA48 7NG

April to October. Daily. Open 10am to 5pm. Outside these times please phone 01570 471116.

Adult/OAP £6.00, Child £2, Groups of 10 and over £5.

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  • over 7 years by Mrs Whittington 5 / 5

    I have visited this garden at various times and seasons throughout the years since it first opened, and truly believe it to be one of the most inspiring and original gardens in the country. The creativity of Wil Akkermans abounds throughout, sometimes in astonishingly simple ways which make you think, "why did I never think of that?"!

    You are always given the heartiest and warmest of welcomes, and will leave feeling uplifted and refreshed.

    This is a glorious garden, in a glorious part of the country, which everyone should visit.

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