The Ceredigion Branch organises one public lecture per year, which is given at the Annual general Meeting in early spring. There are also at least three field excursions to local gardens during the summer months. These may be private gardens not open to the public or private visits to better-known gardens. In every case the visit has a scholarly character, with a talk on the garden history and condition from the owner, where possible, and additional archival research by members of the Branch. Our members include experts in many relevant fields including geology, botany and landscape so we usually all learn a great deal from each other.
The branch is proud to be the first to produce a county book Historic Parks and Gardens in Ceredigion, which describes our knowledge of 31 Ceredigion gardens. This has gone to a second printing, (with amendments).
The officers particularly welcome invitations from any owner of an historic house and garden, to assess the historic evidence and remaining garden features. Undergrowth and neglect may obscure garden evidence. The Branch may, in the first case, delegate a small working group to visit and assess such a garden and advise the owner.
Ceredigion Programme 2017
Wednesday 3 May 2pm £10 per person
Guided tour of the Regency parkland at the NBGW
We will be given a guided tour of the ongoing project to restore the Regency landscape of Middleton Hall.
Meet in the cafe courtyard at 2 pm for the one-and-a-half to two hour tour. Stout shoes, walking stick recommended, not accessible to the disabled. We can then explore the gardens at will or buy tea in the cafe.
This visit will be for a pre-booked group garden entry plus guide fees, so please book BEFORE 15 APRIL.
Wednesday 21 June at 2.00pm £10 per person.
Garden Visit to Nanteos
This is an opportunity to re-visit the gardens and see improvements undertaken by Shane and Carol Lipscombe, the owners. The branch last visited in 2012.
Led by Caroline Palmer, we will look at the wider landscape, the pleasure ground woodland west of the house, the lake, and the walled garden and environs.
We will then have tea in the hotel. BOOK BY 20 MAY
Wednesday 6 September at 2.00pm. £10 per person.
Gardens of Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells enjoyed success as a Spa town in the 19th century. The Rock Park is notable for venerable trees: Ginkgo, Tulip Tree and Sequoiadendron. It has recently undergone restoration.
Hilary Macaulay, Chairman of the Friends of Rock Park, will lead a tour of the arboretum in the upper part of Rock Park, the Temple Gardens and the Memorial Gardens by the Town Hall. The conducted tour will be followed by tea. BOOK BY 16 AUGUST.
For further details contact: Caroline Palmer 01970 615403