Erddig joins Festival of Gardens North Wales

Visitors in the garden at Erddig, Clwyd.

2016 marks the very first year of the Festival of Gardens North Wales, a unique event bringing together some of the finest gardens within this stunning region.

Late spring is a wonderful time to visit our Grade I listed 18th-century garden with the spectacular Himalayan clematis cascading twenty feet into the Rose Garden and the rare wild orchids appearing on the banks of the canal.

" Erddig is probably one of the most important historic gardens within the whole of Wales."
- Tony Russell, writer and broadcaster


Daily garden tours

During the festival, visitors can enjoy daily garden tours at 1:15pm and hear first-hand about the challenges and joy of caring for our 13.5 acre walled garden. Discover Erddig’s unique historic garden and its transformation from dereliction to distinction.

Discover a much-loved home and gardens
Erddig aerial view from west front and towards the formal walled gardens


Family garden trail


Throughout Erddig’s garden lie historic features and each has a story to tell. Discover more about these hidden treasures on our family garden trail, but can you find them all? Free. Normal admission applies.

Enjoy a game of hide-and-seek
Mother and son enjoying hide and seek on the Erddig's Victorian parterre


Emes’ pleasure park guided ranger walk


Who better to lead a tour of Erddig’s parkland than a member of the team entrusted to care for it? Join Ranger, Steve Dorsett on a guided walk on Wed 1 June at 10am to discover the 1,200-acre landscape carefully created by William Emes. Booking essential. £5 per ticket, normal admission applies.


Music from the shows


On Saturday 4 June the sound of bird song will be complemented with the voices of Bangor-on-Dee Community Choir. Performances will be in the Midden Yard at 2pm and 3pm. Free event. Normal admission applies.

Enjoy a walk in Erddig's walled garden
Erddig rose bed and view west to the house


Health and Wellbeing day


The health benefits of gardens are well researched. A new report by the King’s Fund for the National Gardens Scheme claims gardens play a powerful role in the care of our minds and bodies.

In their wide-ranging review, the report shows how access to gardens has been linked to:
•    Reduced depression, loneliness, anxiety and stress
•    Benefits for various conditions including heart disease, cancer and obesity
•    Better balance which can help to prevent falls in older people (a cause of major NHS costs)
•    Alleviating symptoms of dementia
•    Improving sense of personal achievement among children

On Sunday 5 June, we invite you to relax and soak up the benefits of being in our garden. For those looking to gently stretch themselves a little further, we have free yoga taster sessions at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Normal admission applies.


Other local gardens taking part in the Festival of Gardens North Wales include Bodnant Gardens, Chirk Castle, Powis Castle and Gardens and Caerau Uchaf.


Visit our ‘What’s on’ pages to find out more.

Sources:
Gardens and health - Implications for policy and practice, The King’s Fund, David Buck 17 May

Download the report