The Orchard Garden at Tredegar House
This colourful, wilder garden is the largest of the three gardens found on the Tredegar House estate and is now managed in conjunction with Growing Space. With hidden glasshouses, the 'Priest's House' and an orchard full of apple trees there are plenty of surprises hiding along secretive paths.
The first garden you will come across on the Tredegar House estate is our large and wild Orchard Garden. Despite the origins of the garden and its early function remaining unclear, we know that it was first in the form you see now in the late eighteenth century.
The first detailed layout of the garden is shown in 1827 and it had the appearance of quite a productive garden. 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.
It has slowly evolved over the years and during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Orchard Garden had an uneasy dual purpose as a productive garden with an ornamental/exotic element. In the 1930s the area toward the Gardener’s Cottage was even used to house parts of Evan Morgan's menagerie.
Perhaps one of the most wonderful characteristics of the Orchard Garden is the partnership it represents. For more than twenty years this garden 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.