As you are no doubt aware, we began this year dealing with the aftermath of the devastation caused by flooding on Boxing Day 2015. We were however heartened by the countless messages of support we received in the days following the flood. Throughout the season we have been continually inspired by the support and encouragement of our visitors who have been understanding beyond measure during our recovery.
Although the restoration is still ongoing, the wall is now back up to full height and the end is finally in sight. Our 2017 season will run from Sunday 2nd April to Sunday 29th October and we look forward to welcoming you to the reinvigorated Hidden Gardens.
Many of our visitors will be familiar with our Alpheus water feature that feeds into a collecting pool and is flanked by Anemone 'Wild Swan'. Alpheus was in Greek mythology a river-god who transformed himself into a river to unite with his love who had metamorphosed herself into a well. Last year's visitors generously gave a total of £162.29 that we have decided to donate to Wales Air Ambulance. Thank you very much to all who have given and we hope your wishes come true.
We are delighted and honoured to announce that plantsman, gardener, author and broadcaster Roy Lancaster CBE, VMH, will be officially opening the Festival of Gardens North Wales 2016 here at Plas Cadnant on the afternoon of Saturday May 28th.
The gardens will be open to ticket holders from 3pm. Roy Lancaster, CBE, VMH will then officially open the Festival at 4pm before leading a walk and talk around the gardens. Pimms and canapés will then be served from 5pm, followed by an illustrated talk on plant collecting overseas by Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm Plants at 6pm.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are now available from our Visitor Centre during normal garden opening times, priced at £35.00.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Garden Office on 01248 717174.
One of the joys of restoring an historic garden is rediscovering long-forgotten features. We have recently uncovered a large quartz uplift beside the waterfall in our Lower Valley that had been mentioned in a book by geologist, E. Greenly in 1919, but was lost when the gardens fell into decline. The rock was rediscovered while clearing brambles on the opposite bank of the River Cadnant and the bright white quartz has once again become a feature of the Lower Valley Garden.
This is just one of Plas Cadnant’s many interesting geological features that will be explored on the guided geological trails throughout the summer. See our events page for further details.
The Gardens and Tea Room will be open for the main season from Wednesday 23 March, in time for Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday when we will be open from 12noon - 5pm. We are also planning a series of events over the season, please see our events page for further information.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the 'Hidden Gem' accolade by Visit Wales. We are thrilled to be one of the ten ‘Hidden Gems’ in Wales and we would like to congratulate Rib Ride Adventure Boat Tours of Menai Bridge who also received the award.
As many of you may be aware Storm Eva has caused devastation to parts of our Walled Garden and Valley Gardens.
During the early hours of Boxing Day, like many areas of the country, very high levels of rainfall fell onto the already saturated land. The fields above the gardens funnelled a great volume of water into the gardens. Existing overflows were soon overwhelmed. The 200 year old wall, which had survived until now without harm, acted as a dam causing the Walled Garden to fill with flood water. Finally the bottom section of the wall breached. A massive torrent of water and rocks, surged down the through the Valley Gardens, destroying everything in its path and carrying two stone obelisks and our new ‘eye catcher’ bench with it.
We have already started the mammoth task of restoring the gardens and will begin to rebuild the 200 year old walls. Fortunately nobody was hurt and our holiday cottages have not been affected.
We have been overwhelmed with messages of support and offers help which have helped us in our resolve to make good the damage as the Gardens are so clearly valued by those who have visited.
Coverage of the aftermath can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wale...