The gardens at Anglesey Abbey

The Saxon God Tiw in the Herbaceous Border garden at Anglesey Abbey

Lord Fairhaven designed his garden around personal taste and his regular routine of entertaining guests, with something to show them each and every season. Today, the gardens still follow the same seasonal pattern, with different areas within the 114 acre garden coming into the spotlight for their time to shine, before making way for the next.

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A Garden For All Seasons

A garden for all seasons

From purchasing the estate unseen at auction in the twenties, Lord Fairhaven gradually transformed the gardens here at Anglesey Abbey to the spectacular seasonal display found today, until his untimely death in 1966.

Adding and expanding the formal gardens, along with the help of close friends such as Major Vernon Daniell, there are several distinguishing features that can be found throughout, such as the use of straight, tree lined avenues with a sculpture at the end to draw your eye, or the use of circles and symmetry in the formal areas such as the Formal Garden and Dahlia Garden. 

Today, the garden team, made up of eight gardeners and over 25 volunteers care for the gardens with the same passion in which they were created.

*Please be aware that over the autumn and winter months, some of the lawns will be closed for conservation work, to ensure they can come back next year in tip-top condition.

Summer blooms

Summer blooms

Glorious autumn

Winter wonders

Spring flowers

Spring Daffodils at Anglesey Abbey

The Spring Garden

As the name would suggest, our Spring Garden comes into its own in the spring months and features daffodils and Hyacinths. The flowers in the garden are complemented by the avenues of Amelanchier lamarckii, more commonly known as June berry, Aesculus x neglecta 'Erythroblastus', a horse chestnut tree with shrimp-pink spring foliage.

Monks Lawn in the springtime at Anglesey Abbey

Monks Lawn

Strolling through the Monks Garden you’ll see more daffodils and Fritillaria imperialis, or crown imperial which complement each other with contrasting colours.