Welcome to Gwel Yr Ynys Garden

A challenging hillside garden in Penmaenmawr North Wales
Developed by Dafydd Lloyd-Borland

About Dafydd

About the owner - Dafydd Lloyd-Borland

Dafydd was born in Bangor, north Wales and lived in the small village of Tregarth just outside Bethesda. Living amongst the forever changing dramatic views of the Snowdon range this set the scene for a lifetime interest in the all things green! On finishing school Dafydd enrolled at the Welsh College of Horticulture at Northorp, Flintshire and completed his Diplomas in Landscape and Garden Design and Floristry. Whilst at the Welsh College of Horticultural Dafydd was fortunate to receive first class horticultural training as well as being part of a number of high profile projects which culminated in winning two RHS Gold Medals at the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

After a spell of working in London in the early part of the 1990's Dafydd returned to Bangor and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Wales, Bangor before training as a teacher in 1997. After a spending five years teaching at Holyhead High School Dafydd moved to Ysgol Eirias in Colwyn Bay to head up the ICT Department.

In 2004 Dafydd moved to Gwel-Yr-Ynys in Penmaenmawr. The garden at Gwel-Yr-Ynys has been an on-going project since July 2004 and first opened under the National in 2009.

Garden Talks

I have over the last few years visited a number of gardening groups and societies. I have a range of gardening topics and am always happy to investigate more! I currently have these garden topics:

  • A New Garden what to do?
  • A Garden 9 Years in its making
  • My inspiration for garden plants
  • Designing a place for people
  • Chelsea Flower show and beyond
  • Peter Pan garden my first Chelsea Garden


The garden is built on the former site of an impressive manor house known Plas Foel-Lus, Graiglwyd Road, Penmaenmawr.

The ordinance survey map of 1891 highlights the location of the house and its boundary. There is evidence that the grounds of the house was home to an ornamental lake, which was serviced by the stream, which runs along the boundary. This is supported by local historian, Dennis Roberts.

BBC Gardeners' World visit Us

In August 2013 I was delighted when BBC Gardener's World asked if they could visit us. I am sure you remember that is was the wettest summer for many years. At Gwel Yr Ynys we are on a hillside and have an extensive system of drainage to help us manage the water in the garden.

Joe Swift BBC Gardener's World presenter and president of the NGS came on a tour of what we have achieved. You can view it on YouTube.

National Garden Scheme

In July 2012 Dafydd welcomed Joe Swift and a team from BBC Gardeners' World to film a feature on how well the garden at Gwel-Yr-Ynys has coped with the weather this year

The Garden

Gwel Yr Ynys now

The garden is in its eleventh year. Some areas are quite mature while others have just being planted. The garden is ever changing and the work is never done. The garden has a variety of herbaceous planting, shrubs and trees in a fantastic rural setting.

Download Gwel Yr Ynys Garden Plan

Visit Gwel Yr Ynys

Visiting Garden Groups and Societies

We're happy to arrange visits for garden clubs and societies. These include an introductory chat, viewing the garden and the opportunity to ask questions about the plants. Teas, homemade cakes and light lunches are available on the back terrace area.

The garden can be visited as part of a pre-arranged trip. We commence all of our visits with a personal welcome and introduction, before inviting you to take a tour of the garden, with details of the gardens development, a choice of refreshments is available. We suggest that you allow one and a half hours for your visit. There is plenty of shelter in the event of inclement weather.

Contact Details

Gwel Yr Ynys garden
Parc Moel
LL34 6DN


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