Location – Aberglasney, Tywi Valley, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire
Head gardener – Joseph Atkin
Garden style – Formal with 20 distinct areas
Climate and soil condition – wet, clay
Aberglasney is an impressive historic garden set within the lush, rolling green landscape of Carmarthenshire. Upon arriving we were met by Head Gardener Joseph Atkin who took us through the history of the landscape and gave a guided tour through the garden, highlighting plants of interest in the late summer season.
The garden is laid out so that you move seamlessly from one area into the next. Some of the key areas we looked at were the Walled Garden, Kitchen Garden, Woodland and Bog Garden, Sunken Garden and the small Alpine Garden, which was planted on a slope at the edge of the site.
We started in the Cloister Garden, the most recognisable feature of Aberglasney, which Joseph explained is being considered for future development as a medicinal herb garden, as it would have been used in the 15th century. He noted that many plants used at this time were of Mediterranean origin because of the localised warmer temperatures, including lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme and winter savory. It is currently grass beds, planted up with Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’, offering an impressive display of colour in early February which helps provide, as Joseph was keen to express, year-round seasonal interest in the garden.