Sanguisorba officionalis Red Thunder + Eupatorium maculatum Orchard Dene

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This was a three year heritage lottery funded garden restoration project set in Ruthin, North Wales. The garden dates back to 1282 when the plot was gifted to Marcher Lord Reginald de Grey from Edward I of England. In 1282, Reginald de Grey was one of the three commanders appointed by Edward I in his campaign against Llywelyn ap Gruffudd , the last native Prince of Wales.

The brief for the project was to revive the garden using its medieval and 18th Century roots and in so doing create a public garden that will be open through much of the year, along with the house that was already open to the public - Nantclwyd Y Dre. A big part of the HLF project was in the inclusion of nearby schools and the local community with the restoration process and then in it's development once the HLF phase of the project was complete. Workshops and open days for learning through the landscape are being held throughout the year.


The garden was officially opened in spring 2016 . 



The overall design includes a nuttery, an orchard and meadow area with trees set out on a quincunx layout, a formal lawn, a vegetable plot and long flower borders planted with ornamental and medicinal plant species. All of the plant species used are of 18th century origin and earlier and include plenty of native species for the birds and the bees.

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east facing border 

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Iris foetidissima 

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Actea racemosa , Aster umbellata + Phlox 'Mount Fujiyama'

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Alcea rugosa + Anemone japonica 'Honerine Jobert'

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The second year of growth following the first phase of planting in the autumn of 2014 . Photographs taken in late summer 2015 by Alys Francis © All rights reserved.

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