Enjoy nature's greatest show at Erddig
Enjoy nature's greatest show in Erddig’s 13.5-acre walled garden as waves of spring highlights wash over the garden.
First to arrive are snowdrops found in clusters on the west front of the hall and along Moss Walk in the walled garden. There’s hundreds growing in the tea garden, grab something warm to go from the restaurant and enjoy their delicate beauty.
Next to follow are daffodils, the Welsh emblem of St David’s Day, though depending on the weather the daffodils are often a little late joining the celebrations. Their dazzling blaze of yellow nodding flowers transform the banks of the canal water feature and brighten any spring stroll around the garden. Look out for the late-flowering fragrant pheasant’s eye variety, Narcissus poeticus with elegant white petals and an orange-rimmed cup, they grow between the apple trees and conical topiary in the orchards, so leave the pathway to discover their unique scent.
Tread carefully as you go, delicate snake's head fritillary arrive at Easter time, the chequered native wildflower Fritillaria meleagris with its delicate nodding pink-and-purple or white flower heads, are well worth a closer look.
Fruit trees featured in Joshua Edisbury’s original garden plans for the historic hall, so when Erddig’s garden was restored in 1977, fruit trees were introduced. More than 180 different varieties of apple are grown and as the fritillary fades, Erddig's delicate fruit blossom appears, trained along the garden walls and throughout the orchards paving the way for thousands of bold tulips on display in the Victorian parterre bedding scheme.
Erddig has two bedding schemes each year, a spring and a summer one. In May, the cascading Himalayan clematis looks like a foaming white waterfall tumbling 30ft from Wolf’s Den into the Rose Garden. Discover this secret walled garden, find a seat and enjoy the view.
Walk on the wild side
Head into Wolf’s Den in late spring and you’ll find a carpet of white flowering wild garlic. The Erddig estate overflows with this wild flowering bulb and the orange waymarked route on the estate takes you through Big Wood to see some of the largest haze of pretty white flowers sprawling across the parkland.
Common spotted orchids
As spring finally crescendos into summer, wild orchids bloom in the meadows along the banks of the canal. Erddig Head Gardener Glyn Smith who says these meadows are “the best piece of meadowland in the whole of Wales” counts the common spotted orchids and records their numbers each spring. With between five hundred and two thousand adorning the wild spaces along the canal banks each year, there's no doubt that whenever you visit in spring, there is always something new to discover.