Wales's Botanical Garden
Just a few miles east of Carmarthen one comes
across Wales' finest new bit of gardening 'kit'. It is the new 'National Garden
of Wales' and is conveniently situated about an hours drive from Cardiff.
It is set in the former 18th century regency park of Middleton Hall in
Carmarthenshire, a 568 acre estate on the edge of the beautiful Tywi valley.
In the summer of 2002, Jean and I took a look at the site, about which we had
heard mixed opinions. Some said it needed longer to mature, and there is no
doubt that as time goes on, it will continue to improve. But my opinion is:
don't wait any longer, get on down there, it is quite stunning in both
conception and execution. I took lots of photos and have only just got round to
processing them. From the moment you arrive in the unusual entrance hall to the
time you load exotic plants into your boot from the adjacent garden centre, its
a great trip. Just allow plenty of time, at least half a day. The on site
catering is also very good.
It has its own informative web site at: www.gardenofwales.org.uk
As always, clicking on each 'thumb nail'
bring up a larger image.