Great gardens around Wales Everybody associates Wales with imperious landscapes, and the gardens and country parks across the country make the most of the incredible natural scenery, whether you’re an animal lover, a picnic connoisseur or adore exotic plants. A Colby Woodland Garden Colby Woodland Gardens, Pembrokeshire It’s hard to believe the grounds at Colby once witnessed the rumble of rising industry, because this peaceful space is now a charming garden of unparalleled tranquillity. Amble through a carpet of bluebells and peep through the shade of a gazebo in this woodland wonder full of dragonflies and butterflies. B Treborth Botanic Garden Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor, North Wales by Robert D Thomas Conceived by a railway company as a pleasure garden more than 160 years ago, Sir Joseph Paxton’s original design for Treborth was thwarted by funding problems, and the site only re-emerged during the 1960s. Shaped by university experts, its glasshouses now shelter amazing plants from Wales and across the world. C National Botanic Garden of Wales National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire The history of the Garden of Wales is as fascinating as many of its species. Dating back to a mansion built in the 17th century, its current guise – opened in 2000 – spreads walks, pools, science discovery centres, picnic spots, rare plants, bee gardens and more across almost 600 amazing acres. D Cowbridge Physic Garden Cowbridge Physic Garden, Vale of Glamorgan by Paula J James Set in a historic market town, the enthusiastic volunteers at Cowbridge have created a homage to centuries of physic gardens and healing plants in an oasis from nearby city life. A relatively small garden which has won high praise over the years, this is a down-to-earth hidden treasure. E Bodnant Garden Bodnant Garden, Conwy, North Wales Bodnant is blessed with one of the most impressive collections anywhere in the world, with century-old cuttings, 180-foot arch flowers and towering ancient trees against the backdrop of Snowdonia. Relax in the shrub borders, enjoy the Italianate terrace and admire the central Poem, where generations of one family rest. F Aberglasney Gardens Aberglasney, Tywi Valley, Carmarthenshire Aberglasney is steeped in Medieval history – Henry Tudor even knighted original owner William ap Thomas. More than 400 years on, there is so much to see: a beautiful Cloister Garden and a tunnel of ancient trees are among the highlights. Ghost sightings add to the allure of a spectacular setting. G Dyffryn Gardens Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan The captivating Edwardian gardens at Dyffryn are part of a Grade I-listed landmark dotted with beautiful garden rooms, revolving seasonal displays of wonderful plants and an Arboretum housing an international cast of trees. You’ve more than 55 acres to admire here, as well as an imaginative year-round events programme. H Singleton Park Botanical Gardens Singleton Park Botanical Gardens, Swansea by Eiona. R. At the heart of Swansea’s Singleton Park, colour is the calling card of a set of Gardens set within an old walled garden. With a cacti-accommodating Desert House, a Tropical House of rainforest plants and a glasshouse of sugar cane, coffee plants and more, you’ll find yourself soothed and inspired. I Clyne Gardens Clyne Gardens, Swansea Japanese gardens, lakes, a cottage and a chapel are among the eye-catching features at this 19th century idyll, but it’s best known for the diversity of the plants and trees swaying among its 19 hectares. Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus are the noted inhabitants in an urban haven full of surprises. J Veddw House Garden Veddw House, Devauden, Wye Valley by rmtw Veddw House was named most original garden in the Best Of British Gardens published by Reader's Digest in 2012. It's the result of 20 years' hard labour by its owners and while contemporary in nature; owes a nod to bygone times and traditions. In fact, according to the writer Germaine Greer, Veddw House Garden is as all gardening should be - conceptual. That's us told, then. More parks and gardens in Wales Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items It’s a living thing Children can make history at one of our brilliant living history museums. Inland walking routes Exploring the heart of Wales with a series of accessible walks for all the family. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds.