One Historic Garden is a collection of seven glorious parks, gardens and woodlands in South and West Wales, united by the fascinating story they each have to tell. Recently restored to their original splendour and offering new visitor attractions and facilities, the gardens warmly welcome group visits.
The gardens offer lovely walks, inspirational planting, beautifully restored architecture plus tea and cake with a view. Soak up the scents of a flower-filled walled garden; spot an exquisite painted gazebo; stroll through a medieval cloister garden; marvel at the UK’s longest orangery; relax in a jewel-coloured Japanese garden; watch as an historic hidden garden terrace is slowly being rediscovered or relax in Dylan Thomas’ favourite park, in the run up to the 2014 centenary celebrations.
New for 2013 are private evening tours of Aberglasney with the head gardener followed by supper; as well as visits to the Honey Kitchen and Bee Keeping Centre (opening in June) where Scolton Manor’s golden harvest will be produced and bottled. Newly launched are group tours of Penllergare Valley Woods - hear the story of this sleeping beauty and how it is being brought back to life.
Other highlights include afternoon tea and a guided tour of Colby Woodland Garden and a wild food foraging walk at Bryngarw Park. Have fun spotting the locations in Margam Country Park which feature in TV’s Dr Who, Merlin and Da Vinci’s Demons or enjoy an outdoor play at Cwmdonkin Park.
Free/discounted entry is offered to groups at the seven gardens: Aberglasney Gardens, Bryngarw House and Country Park, Colby Woodland Garden, Cwmdonkin Park, Margam Country Park, Penllergare Valley Woods and Scolton Manor.
To download the travel trade planner and view sample itineraries, visit www.onehistoricgarden.com/trade
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Visit Wales and the Welsh Government, One Historic Garden invites you to step into history, and explore revitalised gardens and landscapes, delve into the wilderness and have close encounters with native wildlife.
Seven gardens – so much to see.
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