Llanover House, Nr Abergavenny
Well-controlled dogs on short leads are allowed in the Gardens and Fair
An historic listed garden and arboretum. The tumbling Rhyd-y-meirch stream, which runs through the garden, was used by the ancestor of the current owners to create ponds, cascades, rills and yet another stream, within the 15 acre private grounds. The landscaping trends favoured by Capability Brown were influential, as shown by the Ha-Ha, and clumps of parkland trees including eight London Plane Trees believed to have been planted in the eighteenth century.
Successive generations of the family have continued to plant, particularly Robin Herbert, former President of the RHS, who used his knowledge and passion for trees notable for their autumnal hues, bright berries or interesting winter bark, to plant throughout the garden. Several of the trees are now National Champions, including a Quercus alba and Nyssa sinensis. The Round garden, planted in 2009 to give 'maximum effect for minimum effort’ in the autumn, is a feast of colour, shapes and textures in September.
The deep herbaceous borders in the unusual circular walled garden, with a dovecote topped by a Pike, have been designed to complement the autumnal hues of gold, red and orange enhancing the berries, barks and falling leaves.
The gardens through the seasons were featured on Carol Klein's Great British Gardens on Channel 5 in 2021. The programme is currently available on catch-up on My 5; click here for a link to the programme.
A Family Affair: Lady Llanover’s Legacy in South Wales by Michelle Slattala, from Gardenista.com, includes some superb photos of the woodland areas in autumn
Time to be Inspired for 2016, by Llanover House owner Elizabeth Murray
Desert Island Plants at Llanover House, by Llanover House owner Elizabeth Murray
£7 per adult, includes the Fair and Garden.
Children under 16 Free.
Ample parking available near garden entrance.
Blue badge parking in the front row of the parking area.
One-way system in operation to avoid congestion on the drive. Please follow 'Exit' signs when leaving.
The garden is long and narrow with paths on either side of streams and ponds, which can be crossed by flagstone bridges.
The paths are mostly grass or gravel. The main drive is smooth tarmac.
The garden has some slight inclines and many grass or gravel paths which unfortunately can make pushing manual wheelchairs hard work in some places.
Accessible toilets available.
Teas and light refreshments will be available at the event.