THE ITALIAN GARDEN AT THE MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE
The project to restore the Italian Garden at the Museum of Welsh Life to its early 20th -century splendour has become reality.The project is documented in a BBC 2 series, Hidden Gardens, which pieces together the history of six very different gardens from around Britain, with the aim of restoring them to their former glory.
In the progamme, televised on Friday 8 November 2002, the process of clearing, restoring and replanting the garden is documented.
The hidden garden, previously inaccessible to the public, is enclosed behind high stone walls which ensured privacy for the Plymouth family, who owned St Fagans Castle, and their friends. The layout of the rectangular, high-walled site includes grass steps and terraces, and the Mediterranean air is enhanced by the use of exotic plants such as citrus fruits, herbaceous borders, and a central water feature.
The Italian Garden will open to the public in Summer 2003.
The project was made possible through the co-operation of the Museum of Welsh Life and the BBC. The Museum of Welsh Life would also like to thank the following for their generous support:
The Atlantic Foundation
The G.C. Gibson Charitable Trust
Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust
The worshipful Company of Gardeners
The Mary Homfray Charitable Trust
Date: 7 November 2002