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histoire jardin St Fagans

Nicolas Reynes, 23 February 2015

Les jardins du château de St Fagans montrent à quoi pouvaient ressembler la propriété du conte de Plymouth et sa famille à la fin du XIXe siècle et début du XXe siècle.

Ces jardins sont bordés par un parc paysagé arboré qui nous mène vers 4 étangs en cascade surplombés par des terrasses formelles finies en 1871 et pensées par le paysagiste James Pulham.

S’en suis de magnifique parterre qui nous mène vers différents jardins comme le Dutch Garden entourant une fontaine, la roserais recréé comme elle avait été pensé en 1899 ou encore l’Italien Garden qui a été restauré il y pas longtemps grâce à des récits et photos d’époque pour retrouvé sa beauté d'antan.

Ces jardins regorge de secret historique comme les serres construite en 1899 et, de très belles variété de plante et de vieux sujet comme un hêtre planté en 1872.

Alors n’hésitez pas au cour de votre visite de questionner les jardiniers présent qui s’occupe avec passion de ces jardins.


Catherine Paine, SWANSEA
17 May 2015, 17:38
I visited St Fagan's yesterday, 16 May 2015, with my 33 year old son and 5 year old Grandson. I'm 62 years of age. The sun was shining but it was still a little cold in the shade. We took a picnic with us and ate it at the benches near the Boutique Gift Market Marquee, alongside a number of other families. My Grandson loves picnics. Then we hopped onto the land train. He loved that too.

We have been to St Fagan's a few times before, the last was when my Grandson was just a baby and the first time was in 2001 when it was announced that all museums would be entry free of charge, St Fagan's included. Due to the 'foot and mouth' disease, we had to walk through straw mats soaked with disinfectant at the entrance (I was wearing sandals so recall getting wet feet).

I was delighted to find that on our last visit, the Mediaeval Church had been finished. This was under construction on our previous visit. I recall being amazed at the colourful scenes inside. There is always something new to be seen.

After our picnic and land train ride, we headed off to the Castle. We had refreshments in the Buttery which interestingly used to be where the servants ate their meals, then into the castle itself.

I think my Grandson was in awe of the size of the rooms. My son read out the message boards to him, explaining the staffs duties in respect to each bedroom. It was lovely to see the bedrooms renovated as on my first visit we were unable to enter rooms at all (I suspect the floorboards were unsafe). We then walked through the gardens and down the terraces. My Grandson seemed to wonder as we walked through the archway of living trees, and across the lawns down to the Woollen Mill. My Grandson enjoyed running free and it was so nice to see him enjoying the wide open outdoor spaces. A wonderful place for families and all generations to enjoy and one that Wales should certainly be proud of for visitors to Wales to go home and tell their own friends and families about.

I look forward to seeing the new entrance hall etc finished in the next five years.
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