A garden of terraces at Powis Castle
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For many people, the gardens at Powis are one of the highlights of their visit. They are often described as one of the greatest surviving examples of Baroque garden design in Britain.
Today, you can still see many of the elements that have made this a great garden: the dramatic Italianate terraces; the informal woodland opposite; the superb views of surrounding countryside and the Edwardian formal garden.
See the 30ft-high yew hedge, dancing statues and lavish herbaceous borders. The sweet scent of flowers fills the air - whatever the season.
We're rather proud of our garden at Powis. Yet, the gardens are equally matched by the dramatic setting.
As you look out from the terraces you'll see over the Powis parkland, villages and great oaks of the borderland countryside. In the far distance you'll see the long mountain and the Breidden Hills.
The clipped yew along Powis’s terraces – the 14 tumps, the 14m-high hedge – remain in the mind long after a visit is over, not only because of their sheer size, but because they are such a major element of the garden.
Looking back to the castle from the Wilderness ridge, you can see how their massive forms provide a visual foundation for the weight of the castle above, and yet the way they seem to melt over the edges of the terraces, like wax, gives them fluidity, too.
In the early 20th century, the kitchen garden was replaced with the formal flower garden. At the same time the croquet lawn and fountain garden were also created. This area has a 'cottage garden' feel of the Edwardian era.
There is a sense of relaxation which cannot be achieved on hanging terraces so dominated by the towering castle walls' open lawns. Take a seat and enjoy the view or play games on our croquet lawn.
The wooded ridge opposite the castle, known as the Wilderness or Pleasure Ground, hides the garden from the great sweep of the valley beyond.
The wilderness is in contrast to the rest of the formal garden, and there have always been woodland walks. Stroll alongside great oaks, rhododendrons and exotic trees and stop by the ice house. Discover the graves of much-loved family pets and uncover unique sculptures hiding in the trees.
A garden for all seasons
Powis is unquestionably a garden for all seasons - from spring bulbs and summer blooms to autumn shades and winter structure - with something to please the eye even on the crispest of winter days.
There's always something interesting to see all year round and our gardens never fail to provide anything less than a jaw-dropping horticultural extravaganza.