Cae Hir Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
What is truly remarkable about the gardens at Cae Hir is that they were planned, planted, and maintained by just one man, using traditional hand tools.
The gardens at Cae Hir were established in 1985 by the husband and wife team of Wil and Gillian Akkermans. Wil was a native of Holland, and a descendent of Johannus Akkermans, who founded the first nursery near Breda, in the Netherlands, in the early 18th century. The Akkerman genes must carry a strong horticultural strain, for Wil was inspired by a visit to the RHS garden at Wisley to create a new garden from an old Welsh farm at Cae Hir.
The area that Cae Hir occupies began as pasture. Wil Akkerman designed and built his new gardens by hand, using just a spade to clear the land and a wheelbarrow to haul stone to create stone walls for garden boundaries. The result of all this hard manual labour is a blend of Wil Akkerman's Dutch ancestry in a beautiful Welsh setting.
Akkerman's accomplishments have been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which has made Cae Hir a Partner Garden, ranking alongside such internationally acclaimed (and much better funded!) gardens like Bodnant and Sandringham. For a garden created by the efforts of one man, using hand tools, this is a remarkable accomplishment. See one of Britain's very best gardens.
About Cae Hir Gardens
Address: Cribyn, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales, SA48 7NG
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: Off the B4337
Website: Cae Hir Gardens
Phone: 01570 471116
Photo Credit: Ian Capper, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Llanllyr Gardens - 2.9 miles (Garden)
Trefilan Castle - 3.3 miles (Castle)
Winllan Wildlife Garden - 4.6 miles (Garden)
Llanerchaeron - 5.8 miles (Historic House)
Llanerchaeron, St Non's Church - 5.9 miles (Historic Church)
Castell Dinerth - 6.7 miles (Castle)
Pumsaint Roman Fort (Luentinum) - 10.9 miles (Roman Site)
Caer Penrhos - 11.1 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Cae Hir Gardens:
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Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')