Three quilts by Judy Stephens, inspired by the gardens at Dyffryn Gardens House, a National Trust property near Cowbridge, are now on display in the foyer of Cowbridge Old Hall, an adult ed venue on the High Street. They are part of an exhibition by Vale of Glamorgan Artists.
The three quilts are called (l to r) Two Thousand Dahlias, Coal Flowers and Kitchen Garden. Dyffryn House was owned by a wealthy family of coal owners who shipped Welsh coal all over the world back in the day. The magnate’s son collected trees and plants from as far as China but his speciality was dahlias and at one point he was trialling thousands of different strains. The red quilt is about the discrepancies between the sweat and toil of the mines and how they funded the magnificent gardens.