Aberglasney’s new Jubilee Woodland Garden is now open
08 May 2012
Aberglasney’s new Jubilee Woodland Garden is now open. The Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, The Honourable Robin Lewis OBE and the Bishop of St David’s, The Right Reverend Wyn Evans were responsible for officially opening the exciting new project in glorious sunshine on Saturday April the 28th.
Work on developing the new woodland garden began last year, and at a time when the focus has been very much on making our gardens drought resistant the challenge in this area was rather different. It will display collections of plants suitable for the wetter garden, as it combines both heavy clay and a high water table.
Various drainage systems have been installed including trenches, deep cultivation and root respiration rings for woody plants and the area now boasts an extensive collections of Iris, Hosta, Ferns and 100 strong drifts of Meconopsis – a striking blue flower related to the poppy.
The ‘star’ of the ‘Jubilee Woodland Garden’ however, is a tree that’s been dubbed “a living fossil”. Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine) represents the only remaining member of an ancient genus dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, over 65 million years ago. This fascinating tree was only discovered in 1994, causing great excitement in the botanical and horticultural worlds.