Wales is often called the 'land of song', perhaps it should now be known now as the 'land of song & gardens!'
On a national scale, Wales is building a rival to Kew in the form of the National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire
Perhaps the most famous garden in Wales is Aberglasney - a 'garden lost in time' that has now been restored to its former grandeur. Another historic house with a restored garden is Llanerchaeron at Ciliau Aeron, an example of a small hunting estate untouched for nearly a century.
Variety? Well, almost every type of garden is represented. If you like formal gardens based upon the grand houses of the nobility and gentry, then Bodnant at Colwyn Bay and Powis Castle at Welshpool should delight. Some of our "Grand Houses" also have landscaped Parklands - Erddig at Wrexham and Dinefwr Castle in Carmarthenshire are two such examples of 19th century designs preserved.
Plas yn Rhiw near Pwllheli and Penlan Uchaf in the Gwaun Valley are cases in point.
Enjoyed the tale of Beatrice Potter's Flopsy Bunnies? The kitchen garden they were based on is at Gwaenynog in Denbigh.
Then there are the exotic - Portmeiron near Porthmadog is famous for its Italianate architecture, but it is also home to a wide variety of tropical plants not normally seen in our climes. Equally "quirky" with its labrynth of tunnels and grottos is Dewstow in Caerwent.
Endless variety is what keeps garden enthusiasts returning to Wales. Like to see a small walled garden? Then Manorowen near Goodwick should be of interest. A Victorian garden? There is a recently restored one at Laugharne Castle in Carmarthenshire. What about Water Lilies? The most fantastic display can be seen at Bosherston Lily Ponds in Pembrokeshire.
If you are interested in exploring gardens, then there are no better counties to start your quest than the three counties of West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire) This is not the bias of a Pembrokeshire based company, but reflects the fact that nearly 50% of the gardens open to the public in Wales are based here. North Wales and Mid Wales may have fewer in number, but they make up for it in quality. The major National Trust gardens are all based in the northern counties. South Wales has the smallest number of gardens, but has some beautiful "pearls" - Dyffryn Gardens at St Nicholas and Singleton Botanical Gardens to name but two.
Wherever you are in Wales, you are not far from a garden that is open to the public. I should also mention that the publically owned gardens are the very "tip" of the iceberg, for each year the members of the National Gardens Scheme throw open their gardens to the public on certain days for charity - this year there are well over 200.
Links to most of Wales' Gardens can be found on our Gardens of Wales page.