Gardens at the heart of Wales

Whether you feel like wandering through gardens landscaped around grand historic houses or perusing smaller spaces dedicated to specific types of flowers, Mid Wales is full of glorious gardens. Here’s a taster of ten great gardens.

  • Domed greenhouse and plants at the Centre for Alternative Technology

    Centre for Alternative Technology in Powys, Mid Wales

    A real treat for the inquisitive gardener, this acclaimed eco site boasts a large and disparate number of gardens, many of which serve to illustrate modern methods of growing, composting and caring for a vast range of plants. Covering 40 acres, it’s one of the region’s most popular attractions.

  • Covering 25 acres on the banks of the River Severn, Glansevern’s gardens make for a great journey. Start with the folly garden and wildflower meadow, then try the water garden (full of aqua-loving plants) and fountains. Ornamental shelters let you stop and soak up the tranquillity as you go.

  • Statue and front of Powis Castle

    Powis Castle & Gardens in Welshpool, Mid Wales

    Beyond the famous red brick castle, 26 acres of gardens have been stylishly laid out under Italian and French designs. Clipped yews and an impressive collection of rare species abound on soil once used as a medieval fortress, as well as original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces.

  • Less than an acre long, there are two sections to this year-round favourite. The first is an inner garden of rich colours, foliage shrubs, carefully-planned surprises and enclaves to relax in. The second is an open layout of shrubs and perennials, leading to the Crystal Pavilion. Hydrangeas are a speciality.

  • A pond at Cae Hir Gardens, Ceridigion

    Cae Hir Gardens, Ceridigion

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    You’ll love going a bit Dutch at Cae Hir, where Wil Akkermans, whose family had been garden designers in the Netherlands since the 18th century, began creating a magnificent garden from three farm fields in 1983. Opened in 1989, it’s now one of the most beautiful private gardens in Wales.

  • Woman walking through woodland covered in bluebells
    Hafod Estate, Ceredigion

    Designed by Thomas Johnes during the late 18th century, the Hafod Estate remains one of the finest places in the world to find rare plants and specimens. Once home to a mansion, pay it a visit if you love a bracing woodland walk, trees, waterfalls and invigorating views.

  • Variety of flora and fauna growing along the walls of Llanerchaeron House

    Llanerchaeron near Aberaeron, Ceredigion

    An 18th century estate with a villa designed by John Nash, Llanerchaeron was originally a self-sufficient farm, and continues as an organic farm today. The walled gardens at the estate include vegetable beds, herbaceous flowers, plenty of wildlife and some incredibly old trees which help provide the produce.

  • Originally landscaped by in-demand designer William A Nesfield during the 1840s, the pristine lawns and ancient trees of Treberfydd can be enjoyed via the Long Walk path which weaves outside this extraordinary house. Densely pretty and nestled under the surrounding hills, take a tour here for the perfect summer’s day.

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