A Week Full of Wales

June has proven to be a very busy month for the two of us. We have visited many Welsh properties within one week’s time. Take a look to see where we have gone.

Our first stop- the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where curator Simon Goodenough provided an in-depth tour of the grounds and conservatory.

The world's largest single-span glasshouse. Seen from afar.

The world’s largest single-span glasshouse. Seen from afar.

A look inside the conservatory, or glasshouse which is home to meditteranean flora.

A look inside the conservatory, or glasshouse which is home to meditteranean flora.

Nick was enthusiastic to find previously unknown plants and associated labels!

Nick was enthusiastic to find previously unknown plants and associated labels!

See if you can identify my favorite mediterranean specimens:

Plant ident 1

Plant ident #1

Plant ident #2

Plant ident #2

Our second stop- Aberglasney House and Gardens. We joined the head gardener, Joe Aitkin and one of his students, Emma for a tour around the property. The garden hosts magnificent views, high standards for horticulture, and a variety of garden types.

Our first glimpse into the Cloister Garden and Parapet Walk.

Our first glimpse into the Cloister Garden and Parapet Walk.

The Sunken Garden.

The Sunken Garden.

The Ninfarium is attached to the main house and provides shelter to tropical plants.

The Ninfarium is attached to the main house and provides shelter to tropical plants.

Another look inside the Ninfarium.

Another look inside the Ninfarium.

The third stop- Dyffryn Gardens, where we met the garden team (many kind and knowledgable folk!), Gerry Donavon (property manager), Glyn Jones (head gardner at Hidcote on Secondment for one year with Dyffryn), Judith Teasdale (author of Dyffryn Conservaton Managment Plant), and Tony Russell (woody plant specialist and consultant for Dyffryn).

Dyffryn House.

Dyffryn House.

The Pompeian Garden.

The Pompeian Garden.

The Walled Garden and glasshouse.

The Walled Garden and glasshouse.

The last stop- Tredegar House, where we observed a National Trust Conservation Performance Indicator meetering. We even had time to tour the property!

Detailed craftmanship on the original entrance to Tredegar House.

Detailed craftmanship on the original entrance to Tredegar House.

Many thanks are extended to those who took time to meet with us and share a piece of their passion with two Americans.

One comment

  1. Wow it sounded like you had a wonderful week of visiting some stunning gardens! I will be starting work at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in September, it’s an incredible place. Several of the gardens you visited are on my list to see once I’m living in Wales. Brilliant series of photos 😀

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