During the summer we are showing a new exhibition in the Apothecary’s Hall that has been curated by our Library volunteers and designed by students from Coleg Sir Gar.
This exhibition is a snapshot of horticulturists and garden-makers, past and present, rooted in Wales, whose work is seen as making a significant contribution towards garden-making within the UK and beyond. We hope it will be a catalyst for developments in gardening in Wales in the 21st
century – to bring together preservation with development, food production with leisure and therapy activities and the spreading of knowledge and practice from the gardeners of yesterday, through the gardeners of today to the gardeners of tomorrow.
We see these gardeners as an initial selection from the many whose horticultural knowledge and enthusiasm through the ages has reached out to a wider audience through their writings in books and journals, their public lectures, through private visitors and by opening their gardens or creating gardens for the public at large. They represent a cross section by time, location, speciality and gender.
Historic, by date
- Sir Edward Stradling – St Donat’s Castle, Glamorgan, 1529-1609
- Sir Thomas Hanmer – Bettisfield, Flintshire, 1612-1678
- Ladies of Llangollen – Plas Newydd, Llangollen (Sarah Ponsonby 1755-1831 & Eleanor Butler 1739-1829)
- Thomas Mawson – Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff, 1861-1933
- William Pettigrew – Roath Park & Cathays Park amongst others, Cardiff, 1867-1947
- Arthur Tysilio Johnson – Bulkeley Mill, Caernarfonshire, 1873-1956
- Loveday Gee – Llanllyr, Talsarn, Ceredigion
- Charles Hawes and Anne Wareham – The Veddw, Gwent
- Tony Ridler – Cockett, Swansea
- Ivor Stokes – National Botanic Garden of Wales and public parks
- Medwyn Williams – Llanor, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey
- Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones – Crûg Farm, Caernarfonshire