|Aberglasney, known as "a garden lost in time"|
|The large upper walled garden at Aberglasney, designed by Penelope Hobhouse|
There's a cloister garden, upper and lower walled gardens, alpinum, sunken garden... and, perhaps most impressive of all... the Ninfarium - named after the original Ninfa garden near Rome. Here at Aberglasney the Ninfarium is part of the house - an enclosed garden. The large upper walled garden was designed by well-known historian and garden designer, Penelope Hobhouse. This leads into the lower garden which is used for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting. It's the cloister garden that seems to draw most gasps from visitors - this was opened in 2001 after a long restoration process and is based on a design found in a painting. Part of its beauty is its symmetry and simplicity, but equally important is its setting below the main house. Enjoy it from above, by walking along the walls.
|Aberglasney is set in the heart of glorious Welsh countryside|
The most recent addition to the landscape at Aberglasney is the sunken garden, with its central water sculpture by William Pye. I was amused to see the reference to Monty Python in the brochure: "And now for something completely different - a garden that is more appealing to the senses, rather than the intellect".This is a wonderful garden and a great tribute to those who have restored it - there has been plenty about Aberglasney in the press over the years, with comments about where it's going - but the result is impressive. If you're in Wales, don't miss it and make sure you buy a copy of the marvellous book - "The Flowering of Aberglasney" - written by plantsman Graham Rankin - it features some of the best botanical photographs I've seen and is a worthwhile memory of a spectacular garden.
|The sunken water garden at Aberglasney, with sculpture by William Pye|
The sun came out just as I was leaving and I shall always remember the glimpse of the lower walled garden (above) from the restaurant - there is nothing so stunning as a garden glinting in the sunshine after a heavy shower!