Every cloud has a silver lining! Due to a last-minute issue with our bookings at NT Dyffryn Gardens, our visit there had to be postponed by a few hours. A hastily arranged trip to NT Tredegar House ensued where we were briefly joined by a troupe of ‘gamers’ all dressed as different characters. It made for a great group photo!
We toured the interesting 17th century house, which externally has many French traits, hearing the tales of the rise and fall of the Morgan family, and most of us were especially interested to learn about the wild society parties of Evan Morgan, the last of the family to live at Tredegar. Sounds like he would fit in with GOC very well, though getting his pet kangaroo over the stiles may have been tricky! Following lunch, we did a short hour of the gardens, mostly formal in nature, which we will revisit at a more leisurely pace at some future point as there was much more to see.
We regrouped at a very busy Dyffyrn Gardens, due to it being a free entry day. The house was still partly covered in scaffolding but those parts that were exposed looked great. We proceeded to the Thomas Mawson designed garden with its themed rooms. The long borders had lots of colour provided by late flowering perennials – rudbeckias, asters, grasses and sedums all catching the rays of autumnal sunshine. We saw the fine collection of large cacti and other succulents in the glasshouses and admired the bromeliads (pineapple family) there. We proceeded though the garden rooms – the Pompeian Garden, paved garden, rose garden and much more. Great to see so much of the original designs intact and what the National Trust have restored so far, with ambitious plans for the future.
We then leisurely strolled through the arboretum with its many fine trees and onto the fernery, where varieties of cyclamen were blooming, before heading to the café for a well earned cuppa and cake, where we chilled and chatted for some time.
It was a most enjoyable day in beautiful surroundings and good company. Here’s to many more such days!
Some photos credit to Stephen T and Peter B.