Garden lovers will get much from a trip to South Wales this Spring, with many exceptional gardens to visit Gliffaes, with its own exceptional garden, makes a great base from which to explore these gardens.
I am putting Llanover Estate garden first because it is not open to the public every day but this coming Sunday 3rd April the garden will be open from 2pm – 5pm as part of the National Garden Scheme. This is a wonderful early spring garden as within the 15 acres are plenty of magnolias, daffodils and tulips. In addition there are many unusual and large specimen trees. Have a look at their website for more detail.
Just over an hour from Gliffaes set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the National Botanic Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Over 8000 different plants and trees are planted over the 540 acres of Regency parkland. It boasts the largest single span glasshouse in the world mimicking natural environments from around the globe. There is a good restaurant, shop and plant sales. If you are staying at Gliffaes we can give you a ‘two for one’ entry ticket to the Botanic Garden.
Aberglasney House and Gardens is close to the National Botanic Garden of Wales so a combined visit is recommended. In a project similar to the lost gardens of Heligan in Cornwall the walled gardens and the cloistered garden at Aberglasney have been restored to their former glory over the last 25-30 years. The results are quite spectacular, beautifully trained fruit trees, neat rows of vegetables and herbs and a beautifully restored pool garden. Next to the pool garden you can enjoy a simple lunch sitting in the sun watching the birds swoop over the pool. The house is worth visiting as well.
Just a couple of miles down the road from the hotel near Llangorse lake is the Walled Garden Nursery, a very enterprising establishment which always has a good selection of hardy plants and fruit trees. Combine a trip with a visit to the bird hide on the shores of Llangorse lake. They also run a good selection of one day courses throughout the year.
- Plant Propagation – an introduction – 13th April
- Perennial Vegetables with Chris Smith – 10th May
- Botanical Illustration with Lizzie Harper – 18th May
- Plant Performance with Noel Kingsbury – 26th May
- Herb Garden Design with Jekka McVicar – 22nd June
There is a very good page on the Visit Wales website of a further 10 houses and gardens to visit all of which are within very easy reach of Gliffaes.