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Llanover Gardens, Tintern Abbey and Wells

September 2, 2016

We awoke to a bus with a dead battery, but thankfully help was close at hand with a team with extra long jumper cables, since our coach was facing the curb. We were rebooted and on the road on schedule and got a new battery mid-day.

Our first stop was not far from our hotel and it was a jewel! Llanover Gardens were begun in the late 18th century but expanded and improved with each generation. The tree collection was astounding with so many unique and one-of-a-kind specimans, some of which we had never heard of like the Wheel tree- Trochodendron araloides and

There were also great color beds full of annuals and perennials.

We were fortunate to have the owner and the head gardener as our guides throughout the garden. We had time to view the gardens a bit before being treated to tea and biscuits–a nice treat!

We were only the second group of Americans to tour this garden, and folks need to put his on their list because it was fantastic!
We loaded up and headed to Monmouthshire for lunch and then a guided tour by “Brother Thomas” through Tintern Abbey on what life would have been like as a monk. After our tour we traveled to Wells where we will be for the next 2 nights. We got in with time to find our rooms and freshen up before dinner.It was another great day!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean Ann permalink
    September 2, 2016 4:55 pm

    And the dog’s name is? I noticed it preferred to sit on a cushion, also. Eventful day, dead battery, only the second group of Americans to visit the garden, tea and biscuits, a dog and movin’ on down the road. Sounds like the usual Arkansas MG trip. Eventful and fun.
    Jea ann

  2. Mimi Seibel permalink
    September 3, 2016 1:08 pm

    So gorgeous! Need to go see.

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