The Most Glorious Prospect: garden visiting in Wales 1639-1900, Bettina Harden. Llanelli: Graffeg, 2017
Bettina Harden’s beautifully illustrated guide to some of Wales’ most important gardens is presented through the eyes of travellers over a two hundred and fifty year period.
These visitors provide a vivid picture through diaries, journals, letters, maps, plans and accounts of journeys to some places now lost and gardens much changed. They include Chirk Castle and Powys Castle on the Welsh border, Margam Abbey and Newton House in south west Wales, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Tanybwlch in north west Wales and the lost wild garden of Hafod in mid Wales. Compiling the book was clearly a labour of love for the author and it has encouraged me to visit these gardens and experience for myself what inspired those early travellers to visit and enjoy some of Wales’ most stunning places.
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