Discover the formal gardens at Tredegar House
The Orchard garden, Cedar garden and Orangery garden... three modest formal gardens, each with their own distinctive characters and story to tell...
The Orchard Garden
This colourful, wilder garden is the largest of the three. With hidden glasshouses, the 'Priest's House' and an orchard full of apple trees there are plenty of suprises hiding along secretive paths.
As you wander through you may even catch glimpses of the old pipes from long-gone hothouses, which would have housed the tropical fruits that the Lords Tredegar delighted in.
Perhaps one of the most wonderful characteristics of the Orchard Garden is the partnership it represents. For over twenty years this space has been managed alongside Growing Space - a registered mental health charity, based in Newport. They provide real work skills and a support network to help adults with mental ill health reach goals and improve their quality of life. Future partnership projects will include creative borders and a commitment to promoting flamboyance and freedom to be yourself.
The Cedar garden
Dominated by a 250 year old Cedar of Lebanon and framed by large herbaceous borders, the Cedar garden is a favourite spot for lounging, picnicking and playing. At the heart of the garden is a stone obelisk, erected in memory of 'Sir Briggs' - the horse who carried Godfrey Morgan, the first Lord Tredegar, during the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Not only the resting place of this heroic horse but also a testament to the legacy of animal lovers at Tredegar House. This spot is also home to three more headstones dedicated to the family's much loved dogs Peeps, Friday and Barry.
The Orangery Garden
The third and smallest garden enclosure is an immaculate and intricately designed parterre garden. The surface of the parterres are covered with a collection of different coloured minerals including sea shells, crushed lime mortar, brick dust, coal dust, white and orange sands and grass - all arranged in undulating formal patterns.
Bordered by low clipped box hedges the Orangery garden today is an impression of how this space would have looked whilst the Morgan's lived here in the eighteenth century. As though it were an intricate carpet the garden reflects the formality of the Stable Court behind it and the state rooms within the house itself.
The Orangery was where fruits, including apples, pears, peaches and cherries would have been grown. The trees were trained to grow against the high brick walls and today varieties of fruit trees and herbaceous plants known to have been grown during the 18th-century have been replanted.
The curious stone tiles which protrude from the tops of our redbrick garden walls are often a source of intrigue for our visitors who often ask us what on earth they are. They were in fact there to protect the blossom and soft fruits from frost and cold winds.
During the 1930s the Orangery garden was used by Evan Morgan, not only for his infamous garden parties but also as a place where he kept his exotic birds.