Ranked #222 of 315 attractions in Southern Wales
TOUCHWOOD AQUILEGIA GARDEN is an intimate, exuberant plantsman’s garden, most items grown from seed. If you like aquilegias...
TOUCHWOOD AQUILEGIA GARDEN is an intimate, exuberant plantsman’s garden, most items grown from seed. If you like aquilegias (granny's bonnets / columbines) then this is THE place to visit. Currently (2013) there are only 2 National Plant Collections of aquilegia, and BOTH are at Touchwood! Aquilegias have been popular garden plants for many centuries. It has always been the unusual colours and the double forms that are most sought after. There are very many species available, and my collection grows yearly. The 1st National Collection comprises cultivars of the commonest type grown here, our British native wildflower: Aquilegia vulgaris. Plant Heritage recognised the SECOND collection for full National Plant Collection status in 2009. These 'aquilegia hybrids' are mainly amazing doubles with yellow in them that Carrie Thomas is breeding at Touchwood.YOU WON'T SEE AQUILEGIAS LIKE THESE ANYWHERE ELSE!!The aquilegia season varies depending on the seasonal weather, it may be as early as the start of May or as late as Whitsun Bank holiday, and lasts for about 6-8 weeks (as the doubles with yellow, and the large long-spurred hybrids flower a little later (but overlapping)). End of the season is late June. Do email to enquire what's flowering when you're nearby.There are not only aquilegias there! Carrie is a plantaholic who gardens in the cottage style in order to cram more plants into a small area! Keen on traditional cottage garden favourites, she also has many unusual and rare plants, mainly grown from seed. There is an abundance of climbers, herbaceous perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs, herbs, and vegetables, with shrubs, ferns and grasses. Containers (mainly alpines) and archways increase the available growing space. OPENING TIMES: By appointment, almost any time, during the aquilegia season... please email (see website, I usually log on early morning and evenings) (or ring, but I Don't get to the phone in the busy times!)) to choose a convenient date and time. Also open days, usually each weekend and Bank Holiday during the Aquilegia season.Plants & seeds for sale at the garden, and by post.