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Plas Brondanw Gardens

A beautiful garden designed by Sir Clough


GAP Photos/Charles Hawes/Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, North Wales/Clough Williams-Ellis

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Situated on the edge of Snowdonia in North Wales, Plas Brondanw is the garden made by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978) in the early 1900s. Williams-Ellis is best known for his creation of the nearby Italianate village of Portmeirion. Plas Brondanw was his private home. His major influences in the garden were the formal Italian gardens. Plas Brondanw is a fine example of a marriage between a garden and its landscape. It is designed to draw the attention out to the landscape whist at the same time providing arresting views inside through small inward looking areas and exquisite topiary.

Flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants play their part, but this is essentially a formal garden, with garden rooms decorated with classical statues and Clough Williams-Ellis's characteristically turquoise and gold painted metalwork. Outside the main garden, his work extends to a series of incidents leading to a watch tower. The garden is looked after by just one gardener- Russell Sharp (pictured) who has been associated with the garden for many years. The Garden is Grade 1 listed by Cadw.



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