WHGT publishes a regular newsletter as the "WHGT Bulletin"

Branch committees also publish newsletters and other publications.

The Bulletin

The Bulletin is a regular newsletter for WHGT members. The latest issue is here.

The Bulletin is edited by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to whom items should be sent.

Some back issues are available here. A bibliography of early editions can be found here.


Historic Parks and Gardens of Camarthenshire

The Carmarthenshire Branch of The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) have published:

Historic Parks and Gardens of Carmarthenshire

Researched and written by a group of volunteers, this book sets out to explore the rich heritage of parks and gardens across Carmarthenshire. It includes sections on garden archaeology, allotments, conservation, deer parks, icehouses, walled gardens and the use of water in the landscape. It also describes 31 historic parks and gardens, some well known like Aberglasney, Dinefwr and the National Botanic Garden of Wales, but also includes a sample of private gardens. It is lavishly illustrated with current and historic images, including a number of early aquatints, old postcards and the famous Thomas Hornor paintings of Middleton Hall.
The foreword has been written by Elisabeth Whittle (president of WHGT) and the introduction by Brian Dix (archaeologist). This book would not have been completed without the support of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the many hours volunteered by those who researched and wrote the entries, and the generosity of those who contributed material in the course of our research. Thanks are also due to all who welcomed us into their gardens, and shared their knowledge with us.

Cost is £15 plus postage. Click here for Order Form






Occasional Writings for the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

Edited by Bettina Harden. There have been two issues of Trafodion, Nov 2011 and Nov 2012.

Trafodion is now out of print. Electronic copies will be made available soon via the new web site: http://whgt.wales




Gerddi was an occasional peer-reviewed publication produced by the WHGT. It featured topical research on historic parklands and gardens in Wales and beyond.

It is no longer produced.

Some editions are now available in electronic form:


Edwardian Country Life - H. Avray Tipping


H Avray Tipping

Helena Gerrish, Chairman of the  Monmouth branch has just published a book on H. Avray Tipping an important Edwardian writer on the country house and their gardens as well as a significant Arts and Crafts garden designer.

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Edwardian Country Life

Henry Avray Tipping (1855-1933) was a wealthy architectural historian and garden designer. As Architectural Editor of Country Life he made it essential reading for everyone interested in Britain's great country houses, their furnishings and their gardens. Tipping restored a bishop's palace for himself and his mother and  built one of the last important country-houses in which to entertain the Edwardian great and good. After the First World War Tipping commissioned his ideal 'cottage'. Always the garden came first; each was a perfect Edwardian idyll.

A fine gardener herself, Helena describes Tipping's own Momnouthshire gardens at Mathern Palace, Mounton House and her own High Glanau Manor, as well as gardens he designed for others, notably at Chequers and Darrington Hall. Tipping, who had no family of his own, was central to the lives and work of such distinguished garden designers as Robinson, Jekyll and Peto. On his death he ordered his papers to be destroyed and left his considerable fortune to his gardener.

Historic Parks and Gardens in Ceredigion


Historic Parks and Gardens in Ceredigion by Caroline Palmer, Penny David and Ros Laidlaw was first published in 2004 and now is available in a second edition.

The publishers, The Ceredigion Branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, are delighted to have sold the entire first print run of 750 copies in less than two years.

The reprint has given the authors the opportunity to update certain entries in the light of new information which has come to light as a result of readers’ knowledge. The selection of 31 gardens described in detail remains the same, but as Caroline says: “Real enthusiasts who have already purchased a copy may also want the second imprint, for they will find significant amendments in the entries concerning Trawsgoed, Cilgwyn, Glandyfi Castle and Tanybwlch. It was also particularly exciting to be able to incorporate a newly-discovered architect’s design, believed to be by Thomas F. Pritchard for Penglais mansion. At Trawgoed also, a damaged estate map of 1756 has now been painstakingly restored by the National Library of Wales and can be reproduced in this edition and more accurately interpreted”.

The book is distributed through the Welsh Books Council and costs £12. This means that it should be readily available to order through any bookshop (ISBN 0-9547525-0-3). Copies can also be obtained from the authors as before.



Historic Gardens of the Vale of Glamorgan

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.   

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Please make cheques payable to 'Welsh Historic Gardens Trust'