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Erddig Hall and Gardens

Listed under Gardens in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Photo by Donna Dawson
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Erddig Hall, described as the jewel in the crown of Welsh country houses. How fascinating to see such a place, a home from the early 18th century which reflected a gentry families 250 years of upstairs, downstairs life.

We met with the Head Gardener, Glyn Smith to learn more about this glorious and peaceful place. The park was landscaped by William Eames between 1768 and 1789. This walled garden is one of the most important surviving 18th Century gardens in Britain and was planned around a canal. It features a Victorian parterre which we were to discover were really Laurel trees planted in the ground surrounded by Versailles planter boxes. Very smart idea, and a yew walk, as well as the National Collection of Ivy.

The walled garden has many rare historical varieties of apples, pears, plums and apricots training along its walls, carefully labeled with names like Bon Chrétien d'Hiver (a pear of the late 15th Century) and Edelsborsdorfer (a 16th Century apple). Eames designed the unusual 'Cup and Saucer Waterfall' (1774), which can be found in the grounds. The 'cup' being a hole in the middle of a large disc - the 'saucer' - into which a flowing stream disappears creating an internal cylindrical waterfall. The stream emerges a few yards away under a bridge-like arch. Just look at the pruning of the trees and shrubs. One person has taken on the responsibility of this and takes great pride in it as noted.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the beautiful little plant center and the gift shop. Do not miss those two for sure!

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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