Historic Gardens of the Vale of Glamorgan edited by Hilary M Thomas
ISBN: 978-0-9558021-0-2 Format: Hardback, 242x198 mm, 251 pages
Published by South and Mid Glamorgan Branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
This book explores and celebrates the diverse garden history of the Vale of Glamorgan from the sixteenth century to the present day.
This publication includes the well known, Duffryn, St Fagans, the once great gardens of St Donats Castle and Dunraven Castle as well as the gardens whose names are less familiar. Many interesting gardens are in private ownership and not open to the public but have a fascinating history such as the long and complex history of the Nash Manor garden which mirrors the history of the house; the garden at Merthyr Mawr House where little has changed since its creation two hundred years ago; Craig-y-Parc, Pentyrch an Arts and Crafts garden; and The Court, St Fagans where Gertrude Jekyll once advised the owners on planting. Many of these gardens are described for the first time. The Court is now amongst the lost gardens of the Vale whose history and ultimate decline can be traced alongside others in this sad category including The Ham and Dimlands, both in Llantwit Major. There are also the 'sleeping' gardens at Plas Llanmihangel where the original design is still preserved and Plas Llantrithyd where the once magnificent garden now lies buried, barely discernible beneath the ground.
Price £25 plus £5 p&p
Available from Val Caple, Milestone, Penllyn, Cowbridge, CF7 7RQ.
Please make cheques payable to 'Welsh Historic Gardens Trust'