We have just returned from a few days in Wales. Of all our days enjoying the scenery, beaches and castles, by far the most inspirational day was a visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. It’s been a couple of years since our last visit here and in that time the gardens have matured and they looked amazing in the July sunshine. My favourite part was the double walled gardens. This part of the garden is divided into four quadrants. Quadrant 1 to 3 tell the story of the evolution of plants while quadrant four is a modern take of a kitchen garden which reflects the walled garden’s original function as a place to grow fruit and vegetables. In the early 1800’s, the garden served Middleton Hall and provided enough fruit and vegetables to supply a household of 30. The work was done by 12 full time gardeners!
The vegetables and companion plants of pot marigolds, nasturtiums, borage and other herbs looked healthy and vibrant and were not out of place amongst all the beautiful plants and flowers. We came away feeling not only inspired to do more in our own garden but also feeling we must try harder!