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A Visit to the Wonderful Gardens of Powys Castle – Part3

Back over the border just half an hour away in Wales we return for part 3 of our visit to the gardens of Powys Castle. We have looked at its upper terraces and the beautiful late summer, early autumn flowering plants, so now we will wander down to the lower garden and have a look at its famous ancient yew hedges as we descend and finally we will wander along the lower terrace and search for autumn colours in the trees and shrubs there.

The ancient yew hedge is cloud pruned and runs either side of the path down to the lower garden. It towers above us and makes us feel so small. At times we have to go through it in cutaway arches.


Once in the lower garden, paths move off in different directions and the yew hedge is much more formally presented and at times much smaller.


Archways and windows are cut through the hedge to give views of other parts of the garden or to provide ways into other areas.


The lower gardens are flat and consist of formal lawns and borders and orchards.


From the lower garden we found a woodland edge path to follow to make our way back to the lower terrace. The view back to the castle and terraces was a beautiful sight.


Alongside the path we were treated to a few woodland specialities as we made our way below the castle itself and soon met up with the lower terrace as the path did a sharp turn. Autumn leaf colours gave the impression of an impressionist painting in yellows, oranges and reds. The gardeners had pruned the trees and shrubs to expose the beauty of the trunks, their shapes, colours and textures.


Perhaps next time we visit these great gardens we will do so in the spring when the daffodil meadow is in full flow.


By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

2 replies on “A Visit to the Wonderful Gardens of Powys Castle – Part3”

What hedges : an ancient craft meets Henry Moore or does this style predate the great sculptor – I imagine it is C20th ? My ‘Henry Moore’ hedge was coming along nicely until it went and died on me.Now there is one tall column left which friends make rather lewd remarks about.

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