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This is the home of the Aberconway family and is a long established National Trust Garden. It has been looked after by three generations of the same family of gardeners, called Puddle!  Six years ago it became apparent that it had become unkempt, it was then that Troy Scott-Smith, who has lectured to Fagus, was appointed. Today it was obvious that the garden had been smartened up – paths widened, edges sharp and beds weeded – not always so in the past. Some rose beds had been replanted with modern varieties and a new gravel bed created close to the house.
From the top of the terrace it was interesting to appreciate the different seasonal plantings. Starting with climbing roses and clematis and wisteria – all expertly trained on wires on stone balustrades. The last terrace, featured the Pin Mill and Lily Pool, showed a deep border of foliage holding the promise of August and September flowering.

The famous laburnum tunnel was nearly over, but still impressive. The Dell was full of rhododendrons in flower and rushing water – I was told – I did not venture that far!

Katie Gray
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