The remarkable and historic 15 acre garden at Llanover was created in the late eighteenth century when Benjamin Waddington, father of Lady Llanover (1802 – 1896), used the Rhyd y Meirch stream flowing through the surrounding parkland, to create ponds, cascades and rills all enhanced by a network of paths, bridges and archways to frame stunning views.
Visitors can admire the magnificient Plane trees, over 200 years old and the unusual trees and shrubs planted from 1960 - 1999 by Robin Herbert VMH, a former President of the RHS. There is a significant collection of spring flowering Magnolias together with Maples, Nyssas, Hickorys and Sorbus grown for their stunning autumn fruits and colour. Ross & Elizabeth Murray, together with Peter Hall, formerly Head Gardener at Powis Castle have continued to actively plant throughout the garden and park. The herbaceous borders have being reviewed and improved with annuals, perennials and roses. Within the Round Garden, Mary Payne MBE designed flower beds to give 'Maximum effect for Minimum Effort' - they look particularly stunning from August until the end of October. There is a planting combination, a feature or a view to be enjoyed in the Gardens at any time of the year.
The Garden is open on the following dates in 2016. Entry is £5 pp. Children are free. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Sunday July 31st – Saturday August 6th, daily 2- 5pm
Sunday 18th September, 11- 4pm for a Rare Plant Fair.
Groups of 15 - 50 people are welcome by appointment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the guided garden tour, refreshments including the choice of morning coffee, lunch or tea with cakes and other local gardens to visit.
Llanover Garden School
Since The Llanover Garden School started in 2006 it has been fortunate to attract gardening experts such as Fergus Garrett, Anna Pavord and Anne Swithinbank. Garden school days are held in March and October. Christmas workshops are held in December. Each lecture day consists of a morning talk, followed by a delicious two course lunch with wine, and a second talk in the afternoon.
The days give a rare opportunity to meet the speakers, walk around the gardens, eat well and to learn in beautiful surroundings.
The 2016 program can be seen on www.llanovergarden.co.uk