A PAIR of charity garden openings will be held in Dolgellau this weekend.

Organised by the National Garden Scheme (NGS), Ty Capel Ffrwd, Llanfachreth will be open on May 21 and 22 between 12-5.30pm.

A NGS spokesperson described it as a “true cottage garden in Welsh mountains; Azaleas, rhododendrons, acers; large collection of aquilegia.

“Many different hostas give added strength to spring bulbs and corms, a stream flowing through the garden, a 10ft waterfall and on through a small woodland bluebell carpet.

“For summer visitors, there is a continuous show of colour with herbaceous plants, roses, clematis and lilies, including Cardiocrinum giganteum.”

Elsewhere, Bryn Gwern, Llanfachreth, will be open on May 21 from 10am-5pm.

The spokesperson descried this as a “sloping, two-acre garden in the hills overlooking Dolgellau with views to Cader Idris, originally wooded but redesigned to enhance its natural features with streams, ponds and imaginative and extensive planting and vibrant colour.

“The garden is now a haven for wildlife with hedgehogs and 26 species of birds feeding last winter as well as being home to ducks, dogs and cats.”

Entry to Ty Capel Ffrwd and Bryn Gwern costs £4 and £5 for adults respectively, while children go free to both venues.

More information is available at ngs.org.uk.