The gorgeous Dyffryn Edwardian Gardens – a pure delight to the senses
Wales is a lovely area of the UK with a truly spectacular coastline but inland too, natural treasures can be found and more particularly in South Wales. This lovely region consists in the main of a coastal stretch that is a National Park. Pembrokeshire is a glorious region where garden attractions abound and which reflect so perfectly, the landscapes they are found in.
Planning a trip to South Wales to take in a few of the garden splendours the region has to offer means sitting down and organising a mega trip to the area in order to not miss out on what is on offer.
Dyffryn Gardens – Cardiff
A great starting point for a garden adventure is Dyffryn Gardens which is just outside of Cardiff. With over thirty themed garden areas to wander around this is one of the most popular garden areas in South Wales that attracts people from far and wide.
In particular visit the sublime Pompeian Garden and cloister garden. The splendid selection of rare trees found in the splendid arboretum is second to none.
Llanarthne’s National Botanic Gardens
For those who are dedicated to preserving a natural heritage, visiting the National Botanic Gardens is a must. Being the first of the botanic gardens to be built in the land, the conservation of plant species is taken extremely seriously in this beautiful natural setting. The site sits on 600 acres of glorious parkland and boasts landscapes that include waterfalls, lakes and wondrous cascades with the centrepiece being a more than impressive greenhouse – the structure boasts being the largest glasshouse on the planet.
The beautiful Upton Castle gardens are spectacular during the summer months
Pembrokeshire’s Upton Castle Gardens
Pembrokeshire is another superb region of the country which is home to the glorious Upton Castle Gardens. Set over 35 acres of parkland, there’s a superb arboretum where a collection of exotic and rare trees can be found. The formal gardens are exceptionally beautiful as is the walled Victorian garden and the delightful medieval chapel. Upton Castle is famous for its display of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias, which mean a summertime visit would be in order to see the gardens at their peak.
Beautiful Gardens, Glorious Landscapes & More
A lovely Pembrokeshire garden gem is Bor Meigan which is nicely tucked away in the beautiful countryside just a short distance from Newport. The gardens are spread over 6 ½ acres and spread along the glorious Preseli Hills which slope gently into the distance. There’s a super tearoom where traditional afternoon teas are served in a delightful 300-year old barn which is a delight all of its own.
Llanerchaeron – a National Trust Treasure
A national treasure like no other is Llanerchaeron. It’s an 18th century National Trust property which can be found just outside Aberaeron. Visiting this wonderful gentry estate is like taking a step back in time. There’s a working organic farm and a beautiful walled kitchen garden just as it was in times long past.
South Wales is a glorious area of the country and Pembrokeshire in particular boasts some of the most exquisite gardens and parklands in the country. Organising a few days touring around some of these floral delights is a must for not only people who love gardening but for those who would like to know a little more about a superb natural heritage, how gardens played such an important role in the lives of our ancestors just as they do today. It is an exciting and unique experience that refreshes and inspires at the same time and it is this that makes it so thoroughly enjoyable.
Best of Scotland offer a wonderful 4 day tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in South Wales. See more information here.
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