BRYNCELYN: There is often a story behind gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme with garden owners opening their gardens to raise money for charity despite their own difficult circumstances.

This year David Harbinson and Rosemary Clarke decided to open their garden at Bryncelyn, Llanfyllin.

They wholeheartedly embraced the National Garden Scheme by planning to open for two weekends one in June and one in September and also offering visits by arrangement.

Even when David became very ill they continued with this plan. David passed away on Saturday, August 31.

Nevertheless, Rosemary is still planning to open the garden on September 14 and 15.

She says that those dates were his target to live for.  He may not have managed it but the garden is still here. 

Rosemary says that due to the weather and his being unable to get out of the house, the garden will not look as slick as it did in June, but various friends have kept things ticking over.

She would like that weekend opening to be a memorial to David and his ambitions for their garden on behalf of NGS, and in turn their support of the Horatio’s Garden initiative.

This assumed even greater importance over the last two weeks as they realised that in many hospitals, patients are wheeled into the fresh air to sit in front of an entrance with little more than a roadway and carpark to look at. 

Bryncelyn is open from 1pm – 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15.

You can find Bryncelyn at Lluest Lane, Cwmnantymeichaid, Llanfyllin, SY22 5NE. Admission is £4 for adults, children free.

The photo of David, taken a few years ago, shows his love and pride in the garden.

Stories associated with other gardens can be found on the National Garden Scheme website.

Thanks to the generosity of amazing garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme has donated more than £58 million to charity since 1927. Could you help raise even more funds by opening your garden?

To find out more contact the County Organiser, Susan Paynton on 01686 650531.

There are still gardens open in by arrangement in  September and October, so, if want a special afternoon out for your

club or with a group of friends all you need do is contact the owner and arrange a time for an exclusive visit to one of these gardens.



Feb-Oct: FRAITHWEN, Tregynon, SY16 3EW. Sydney Thomas: 01686 650307

Apr-Nov: HEBRON, Knighton, LD7 1HP Kevin Collins & Anita Lewis

01547 529576

All Year: LLYSDINAM, Newbridge-on-Wye, LD1 6NB

Mary Elster: 01597 860190


Apr-Nov: PLAS DINAM, Llandinam, SY17 5DQ

Eldrydd Lamp, 07415 503554,


Apr-Sep: PONT FAEN HOUSE, Farrington Lane, Knighton, LD7 1LA

Mr John & Mrs Brenda Morgan, 01547 520847


May-Sep: 1 CHURCH BANK, Welshpool, SY21 7DR Mel & Heather Parkes

01938 559112,


May-Sep: TRANQUILLITY HAVEN, Whitton, LD7 1NJ Val Brown

01547 560070


May-Sep: WHITE HOPTON FARM, Sarn SY16 4EN Claire Austin

01686 670342


Jun-Sep: 1 YSTRAD HOUSE, Knighton, LD7 1EB John & Margaret Davis

01547 528154


Jun-Sep: THE NEUADD, Llanbedr, NP8 1SP Robin & Philippa Herbert

01873 812164






Hello Nick,

This is a special story, and I am afraid the picture we have isn't very good, but it was chosen by Rosemary and is

the best we have.  I do hope you will be able to use it. I understand Carolle Doyle is visiting Bryncelyn on Friday, so I am relying on her to describe the garden.

Many thanks








Helen Anthony

Publicity Officer


National Garden Scheme, Powys

Tel: 01686 941795


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