About the garden
New for 2023: Nestled in the secluded Aeron Valley, the villa and garden at Llanerchaeron is a beautifully conserved property, situated within a picturesque landscape. Comprising pleasure grounds, walled gardens and a working farm with access to the estate, Llanerchaeron offers a magnificent setting for the villa, which provides insight into 18th-century design, and the career development of one of the UK’s most prominent architects, John Nash.
The walled gardens, built in the late 18th century, have been producing fruit and vegetables for more than 200 years. Originally a state-of-the-art hive of Georgian industry, the gardens have a much more romantic and relaxed atmosphere today. Within the walls, discover herbaceous borders, productive kitchen gardens, established fruit trees and the remnants of horticultural technology spanning the lifetime of the garden. All are encircled by pleasure grounds and the setting of the wider estate.
Along the south-facing walls are what remains of the Georgian and Victorian engineered glasshouses, replete with fire pits and hypocaust systems. In addition, the site is home to a rare example of a concrete glasshouse from the 1950s. With so much horticultural history along a 100-metre stretch of wall within the walled garden, it is heartening to see that the site is still producing food to this day.
Seasonal vegetables, fruit and cut flowers are grown in the garden’s protective environment, and a team of dedicated staff and volunteers tend to the plants, pick the fruit and vegetables and prepare them for sale in the Visitor Centre. The site is managed to be as sustainable as possible, employing traditional horticultural techniques, that are adapted to meet the modern challenges of climate change. Hopefully, this response and adaption to the horticultural approach will ensure the garden prospers for another 200 years.
Please note: This is a partially accessible garden (most of the garden is accessible but some parts are not easily accessible).