The ancient principality of Wales contains within it several ranges of mountains, rushing rivers, deep lakes, Atlantic shores and a sophisticated capital city. Within all these settings are gardens to visit which take advantage of their special positions and associations. There are castles, woodland gardens with waterfalls and streams crossed with bridges, Mediterranean gardens with sun-loving pants, abundant wild flowers with attendant butterflies, dragonfly’s and birds; and topiary gardens of symmetry and order.
A garden "lost in time", in the process of restoration. One of the interesting features is a yew tunnel planted in the 18th century.
A cloister garden parapet allows you to walk along the top of the wallsfor views over the garden below.
Visitors can experience the survival of Jacobean garden structures that have all but disappeared elsewhere. Explore the ancient formal garden with its pools, parapets, arcades and arches.
Discover rare and exciting plants, see the walled garden designed by Penelope Hobhouse.
Remains of Victorian garden, woodland, walks above River Dee, lake.
Gardens at Aberglasney are open daily -
1 April - 31 Oct 10-6, Winter 10.30 - 4 open daily all year except Christmas Day.
Tea Room open April - Oct. Disabled access to majority of gardens.
Abergavenny, Gwent, Wales
Location: 3 m N Abergavenny, on minor roads
Llangathen, Dyfed, Wales, SA32 8QH
Location: off the A40 in the Tywi Valley Website: Aberglasney Gardens
Phone: 01558 668 998
Fax: 01558 668 998
Froncysyllte, Clwyd, Wales
Location: 4 m E Llangollen, on A5
19th century public park designed by Thomas Mawson. 35 acres of ornamental trees, walks, grass, and water features.
The history of the house and estate extends to before 1460 though the association with the Williams family dates from around 1690. The Castle as seen today is a creation of Sir John Hay Williams dating from between 1830 and 1852. Architects Hansom and Welch were employed by Sir John to refurbish and extend the house while further works at this time also resulted in a magnificent estate wall and formal garden.
Rhuddlan, Clwyd, Wales, LL18 5SB
Location: 1 m W Rhuddlan, on A5151
Phone: 01745 590414
Bryn Bras Castle
A restored 17th century country house surrounded by woodland walks and a variety of garden terraces, including rockeries, a walled rose garden, and a knot garden. Now run as a country house hotel
This superb garden has been developed since 1993 by David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell who are also well known for their publication ' Hortus'.
There are three acres of intimate garden rooms surrounding an 'Arts ands Crafts' house that have been growing since 1913.
Furnished with follies and fragrant flowers, towers and topiary, pools and a potager, and paths to five acres of specimen trees on the banks of a river, on the border with Wales.
Mock castle with 1800's garden, woodland, water garden, rock garden, lawn. Offering accommodations with the magnificent Snowdon mountain range and National Park on your doorstep. There are a variety of National Trust properties and World Heritage Castles in the area.
6 May to 9 July - Sundays and Mondays 2 - 5. Open to groups by appointment.
Llandudno, Clwyd, Wales, LL30 1RS
Location: off A470, just N Llandudno Junction
Website: Bodysgallen Hall
Phone: 01492 584466
Fax: 01492 582519
Hillside garden of recent vintage. Separate red, yellow, and blue gardens, bonsai, and a water garden. There is plenty of seating to enjoy the view across the valley. There are many semi-hardy shrubs, such as Chilean fire bush and cordylines and a good selection of ornamental trees including prunus, sorbus and eucalyptus. Glorious rhododendrons set the garden ablaze in Spring. Hedging, from a variety of species such as yew, rose, beech, lonicera and privet
Plants for sale
Tea & Coffee available - Car Park - Toilet Facilities - Limited Wheelchair AccessGuided Tours by prior arrangement - Dogs on Leads admitted
Dewstow Gardens are the recently rediscovered gardens and landscapes created around the turn of the century by "James Pulham & Sons" landscapers, Rock Builders and Garden Designers. The gardens had been buried around the 1940s and 50s and although some where in a very poor condition, other parts remained as good as the day they were built. Most of the repairs have now been completed during a massive restoration operation which began in 2000. The gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly, underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries.
Llanover is a listed 15 acre garden and arboretum which was laid out in the eighteenth century to include streams, canals, cascades, ponds, lawns and a circular walled garden. Planting has been continuous through the centuries. Nowadays visitors can appreciate one of the largest collections of Magnolias in Wales, spring bulbs, a herbaceous border and a superb selection of trees and shrubs including Maple, Hickory, Euonymus, Nyssa, Liquidambar which have been planted for their autumn colour.
Opening Times-1.00 pm to 6.00pm daily except Sunday
Open Bank Holidays
Open by appointment only outside these hours.- Groups welcome
Entrance Fees Adults: £4.50
Group Rates on enquiry.
Check website or
call 01291 430444 for opening days and times.
Disabled access is very limited in the underground areas
NGS open day and weekdays by appointment only.
Minimum group no of 15.
Limited Wheelchair Access.
Deep in the beautiful Towy Valley of South and South West Wales lies a world class garden for the Millennium. The National Botanic Garden of Wales works to conserve threatened plant species and to create a unique experience for visitors.
See the Mediterranean landscape created within the world's largest single span glasshouse. Or visit one of Europe's longest herbaceous borders all set within a partially restored Regency Park.
See the Wallace Garden, honouring the famous Welsh botanist Alfred Russell Wallace.
The 3 acre garden Penpergwm Lodge has been developed over the last twenty years from the remnants of an Edwardian garden designed when the house was built. There are wonderful mature trees and a feeling of space and freedom in the open areas of lawn, and a contrasting formality in the more ordered area, marked out by new and old hedges.
The features in the garden have been added to considerably so that they now include two planted terraces, one stone and one brick. Each terrace is planted to a colour theme and they are linked by a parterre and vine walk.
The Nurtons is a 2.5-acre plants man’s garden that continues to develop.
It is a mixture of formality and informality in a beautiful, tranquil and historical setting.
A sunny, southerly aspect provides an ideal climate for Mediterranean plants, including a notable collection of Salvias.
The herb garden has a large collection of medicinal herbs.
The shadier parts of the garden include a large collection of hostas, ferns and spring bulbs.
There is also a pond and water feature.
The whole garden has been run organically for 40 years and has a Soil Association Symbol.
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Disabled access, shop, restaurant. Opening subject to change
Open 29th March to 30th September
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
Teas on Sunday.
Open 11-5.00, daily except Mondays and Tuesdays, from Easter to end of September. Children free -no dogs please- partial wheelchair access.
"Only rarely does one come across a garden so ambitious and successful as the one at Veddw House ……this garden combines all the achievements of a great garden - excellent relationships between house and garden and between the garden and its surroundings, a satisfying blend of formality and informality and of wildness and control, good use of colour and texture, and a distinct personality."
Stephen Anderton, "The Times"
Veddw is a private garden open to the public, owned by Anne Wareham, garden writer, and Charles Hawes, photographer. They contribute to all major garden magazines and newspapers; Anne is known for writing and promoting garden criticism.
Tucked away on the southfacing slopes of The Radnor Valley this richly planted Whimble Garden is a subtle tapestry of colour throughout the season.
In the main garden a yew walk leads into a box-edged parterre planted with bulbs, perennials and some unusual annuals. Beyond, an airy wiremesh "church" creates an eccentric and attractive frame work for roses and rare clematis. A small garden is scented by a hedge of Hidcote lavender, and a gate cuts through a beech hedge leading to the meadow beyond which even finer views of the surrounding hills can be seen from the balustraded toposcope.
Nr Chepstow is a
beautiful 1920s Arts and Crafts garden by Avray Tipping with local architect Eric Francis with outstanding views to the Severn Estuary.
Many different features including formal terraces with annuals to sunken garden, pool, herbaceous borders.
Walled garden with shrubs and flowers. Topiary yews.
Opening hours at Veddw House - 3rd June to 24th August inclusive, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm- 5pm.
Groups of 10 or more - or the equivalent fee (£45.00) if numbers are smaller - by appointment afternoons and evenings during June, July and August.
Ring re disabled access.
Opening Times - April to October, Thursday to Monday, 10.30am to 5.30pm, (closed Tues & Weds).
Refreshments. Plant Nursery.
NGS Open Days and then by appt only
Limited disabled access.
Veddw House Gardens
Veddw House, Devauden, Nr Chepstow Monmouthshire
Tel 01291 650836 www.veddw.co.uk