Clyne Gardens

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Garden Category: Gardens of Wales

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  • In 1860 Glynn Vivian bought Clyne Castle and laid out landscape gardens in the parkland surrounding the house. In 1921 the estate was inherited by Algernon Vivian, ‘The Admiral’, who was responsible for much of the gardens as we see them today. The Admiral sponsored several plant-hunting trips abroad, and many of the rhododendrons still bear their original collection number. He also welcomed famous visitors to his gardens, including the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and politicians Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin. A large 20 hectare well-kept garden in a broad valley overlooking Swansea Bay, with an outstanding collection of rhododendrons, including the National Collections of Triflorum and Pieris. Fine bog gardens and many other rare and interesting trees and shrubs. Among the garden highlights is the tallest Magnolia in Britain. There is a small stand of oak woodland, a remnant of an 11th century Norman forest. Look also for the miniature ‘Joy Cottage’ at the entrance, built for the Admiral’s daughters as a combination schoolroom. Throughout the gardens are memorials to Vivian family dogs.

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