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. These water features are enhanced by a network of paths, bridges and archways to frame stunning views.
Visitors can admire the magnificient Plane trees planted over 200 years ago and the arboreta, which include several National Champions 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 colourful autumn fruits and foliage. Ross & Elizabeth Murray, together with Peter Hall, formerly Head Gardener at Powis Castle and Stourhead 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. A glade of Hydrangeas and borders in an old pond have recently been designed and planted. "A stunning garden with a planting combination, a feature or a view to be enjoyed in the Gardens at any time of the year. "
Visiting Llanover Garden
In 2019 the Gardens are open on Mothers Day, Sunday 31st March from 2-5pm under the National Gardens Scheme and on Sunday 22nd September, 11am - 4pm for a Rare Plant Fair.
Entry is £5pp. Children free. Dogs on leads are welcome. Refreshments made and sold for St Bartholomews Church in Wales, Llanover.
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 or afternoon tea and coffee with delicious home-made cakes.