The Gardens of Wales
Each year thousands of visitors stream through the gates of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, drawn in by Norman Foster's state-of-the-art glasshouse with its Mediterranean planting, the tropical house and the intriguing displays in the double walled garden. Wales's great historic gardens, such as those at Powis, Chirk and Bodnant, are world famous, and even Aberglasney, so recently restored, draws a considerable crowd.
Wales has many lesser-known garden treats to offer too, as this book reveals. There are superb Arts & Crafts gardens such as Wyndcliffe Court in Monmouthshire, and stimulating modern gardens such as Cae Hir and Llanllyr, both in Ceredigion, and Veddw House in Monmouthshire. There are coastal gardens, like Plas Newydd, which overlooks the Menai Strait from Anglesey, gardens built to celebrate the mountains of Snowdonia, such as Clough Williams Ellis's Plas Brondanw, and magnificent kitchen gardens such as Rhos-y-Gilwen in Pembrokeshire. Wales nurtures eccentricity, and as a result its gardens are rich in fascinating follies, such as the magnificent shell house at Cilwendeg or the modern mineral tower at Llowes Court in Powys.
Helena Attlee's informative text combines with Alex Ramsay's photographs to capture this enormous range of styles and atmospheres, and to convey the rich treasury that awaits the garden visitor.
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