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.
All our events are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener.
The nurseries that attend our Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell themselves. We try offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all of our nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden.
The fair will be open from 11am to 4pm, and adult entry, which includes entry to both the fair and garden costs just £6. Refreshments are available, in aid of St. Bartholomews’ Church, Llanover. Well-controlled dogs on short leads are allowed in the Gardens and Fair.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, can be found at www.rareplantfair.co.uk
Llanover House Llanover Nr Abergavenny NP7 9EF