When Tom and Jenny Williams moved into their home in Llanrhaeadr, North Wales, 10 years ago, you would have been forgiven for assuming the garden would be last on their to-do list. Not for this couple! 3-and-a-half acres of overgrown field, to them, was merely a blank slate, filled with excitement and possibilities! Where many of us would employ landscapers and professionals, they took on this enormous project all by themselves and have transformed the old dairy and laundry into something of a country masterpiece. “We applied for planning permission to refurbish the house and started work on the garden at the same time,” said Jenny.
Well - why sit and wait for planning when you can get on with creating beautiful borders!?
Since 2008, the couple have tackled three distinct spaces. Firstly the immediate spaces around the house. The house garden and terrace, the pleached lime avenue, the Hall garden and ‘Regent St’, named for its long sweeping curve, along with the rose border and North border. Secondly, the acre of impressive walled garden, and finally the (wooded) area around the outside of the walled garden.
The Walled Garden simply has to be seen to be believed, and when starting the work in there, Jenny & Tom had to phase their efforts to cope with its scale. Now, this lifetime project is considered something of a paradise and the huge walled garden which dates from the 18th century would not look out of place alongside any of our country’s stately homes. It is one of my favourite gardens to visit.
Jenny writes her own blog – thelaundryrocks – a garden diary full of beautiful photography, in which she describes each stage of the Laundry’s garden transformation. She documents which plants they have chosen, for where and what they plan to do next. I strongly encourage you to head on over there to find out more and take a look at the continual progress!
Even better, if you are in the area on June 9 and 10, the gardens at The Laundry, Llanrhaeadr Hall, near Denbigh, will once be open to the public under the National Garden Scheme.
Join me in celebrating their achievements and take a visit! I’ll meet you near the cake stall!