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AboutLlanover is a private, listed garden, set in the beautiful Usk valley with views towards the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Rhyd y meirch stream tumbles through the garden passing unusual shrubs and trees, beneath arched bridges built in the eighteenth century, into the calm and reflective ponds, over cascades, alongside spectacular borders within the round walled garden, through the extensive lawns and onwards into the River Usk.
Eight generations of the family have lived at Llanover, caring for the garden and its plants since 1792 when it was created by Benjamin Waddington, the father of Lady Llanover ( who championed Welsh traditions, language, music, literature and livestock). Some of the trees are over 200 years old, many of them are native to China, the Americas, as well as Europe.
The lavish herbaceous borders are complimented by wildflower meadows and striking displays in vast urns and troughs designed by the Head Gardener , Peter Hall, formerly HG at Stourhead and Powis Castle .
In 2016, a former pool was infilled and replanted with plants such as Hostas, Persicarias, Rudbeckias and primulas which enjoy damp soils. The grove of Acer Rubrum ‘Brandy Wine’ is being underplanted with swathes of Hydrangeas, interspersed with bamboo, willows, birches.
This garden has something to interest everyone throughout the seasons – never a dull moment!
Please do look at www.llanovergarden.com or #llanovergarden to see a glimpse of the wonderful garden, meadows and arboretum here.
Open by appointment to groups throughout the year.
Cover image for ‘The Gardens of Wales’ by Helena Attlee, 2009
Countrylife magazine ‘Take me to the river’ in October 2016
Gardenista.com ‘A Family affair Lady Llanovers legacy in South Wales‘ 24th October 2016
Please contact Elizabeth for details of group rates which vary according to group requirements, such as tea, coffee, lunches or home-made cakes. (Please see the Information for Groups PDF above)
- Disabled access
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Free Parking
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
- Welcome Host
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted