Beautiful Gardens in Wales

Meandering coniferous woodland paths, flanked on either side by carpets of rhododendrons and the dappled effect of rosy sunshine upon seemingly uncultivated gangs of shrubs. A backdrop of misty Welsh mountains, adding a slate-grey contrast to the lush greenness of vegetation. It sounds like the breath-taking views attributed to an Alpine forest, yet this is actually far closer to home. Bodnant Gardens are a conservationist's dream, comprising some 80 acres afoot the Snowdonia mountain range and slightly elevated above the River Conwy. The gardens belong to Bodnant Hall, the former home of green-fingered Lord Aberconwy and his like-minded ancestors, but they are also one of the best kept secrets in Wales.


Friesia #1 - flckr - wiifmNorwood Gardens, Pencader, Carmarthenshire
Comprising just over three acres, Norwood Gardens are one of the youngest perma-planted creations in Wales open to the public. Situated in the midst of the sun-soaked Teifi Valley, the miniature utopia yields seven interlinking courtyards and gardens - each with it's own theme. Meandering walkways under towering conifers shield ambling visitors from the midday sun with the Alpine garden, ascending into a Mediterranean eden tucked away from the formality of herb borders and bamboo rockeries. Open from March until October, the gardens are a small slice of perfection in a region known as the 'Garden of Wales'. Looking for Cottages in Carmarthenshire.


Veddw House Garden, Tintern, Monmouthshire.
A recent feature in 'The Good Garden Guide'; word of the contemporary labour of love of Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes is slowly filtering out to the world. Veddw House Garden is the result of a painstaking 20 year project, to create a 'modern, romantic garden' within the gently undulating countryside of Tintern, Monmouthshire. The wave-like appearance of the surrounding countryside is reflected in the arcs and dips of carefully trimmed hedgerows and snaking pathways, punctuated by hot flashes of colour, combined with lavender and magnolia. The crisp simplicity of the Pond Garden is one of the distinct highlights, and has also  featured in the Telegraph. Prices are very reasonable and for children 'under one yard long' admission is free.


Alpines at Aberglasney - flckr - jo-hAberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Dyfed
In the heart of Tyfni Valley near Llangathen lies 'the garden lost in time' - an 18th Century dotted with walled secrets, manicured symmetrical lawns and the famed Yew Tree Tunnel. Stretching like gnarled arms some twelve feet above the pathway, the interwoven branches of this 50 yard walk are so tightly compacted, that little sunlight filters through. By contrast, the walled Cloister Garden appears far more contemporary, with strategically positioned orange trees and dwarf alpine shrubs breaking up the uniform angles of it's manicured lawns. Aberglasney is one of the few Welsh gardens to be open on a year-round basis, and is highly photogenic during the icy winter months.


alcoves plas brondanw MAY08 - flckr - davinawarePlas Brondanw Gardens, Llanfrothen, Panrhyndeudraeth
Eclipsed by the many delights of Portmeiron, it is only recently that Plas Brondanw has been discovered by visitors venturing further into rural Llanfrothen. Designed by the acclaimed architect Clough Williams-Ellis, the Plas Brondanw Gardens take inspiration from the natural angles and towering rock formations to be found within Snowdonia National Park, with some truly modern twists. The yew tree hedges and sculpted topiary are some of the best examples in Wales, while the ruinous tower Pentr adds to the romantic wildness of Brondanw's hilly exterior. Somehow, modernity and classical whimsy merge harmoniously, within one of the most breathtaking valleys of the National Park. Find holiday homes in Llanfrothen.



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