Last weekend we visited to Wales on a mini break. We used our National Trust membership to visit Powis Castle gardens. The multi layered gardens, which are over 300 years old, are arranged over a series of terraces leading down the hillside towards the formal gardens. They are renown as one of the best surviving examples of Baroque garden design in the United Kingdom. I knew that looking at flowers was not necessarily going to be a huge hit with the kids so we visited while they were holding a hunt the pumpkin event.
I hoped that a challenge would keep them engaged. A series of clues led you to pumpkins hidden throughout the grounds which had letters carved into them. Once you had collected all the clues you had to rearrange the anagram to form your answer. Bobbins and Peanut, ably assisted by Mr M were soon busy running around trying to solve the puzzle.
Since I am still on crutches Junior and I took the accessible slope to the bottom and went very much at our own pace. Junior is very keen on photography and had taken his camera with him. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to take pictures, explore and chat together while the girls followed the pumpkin hunt.
I was struck by how parts of the garden were still full of glorious summer blooms and other parts had turned the wonderful russet hues of autumn. It seemed surprising that the 2 seasons should exist next to each other.
Powis Castle gardens in pictures
A beautiful autumnal scene
Contrasting with a glorious red bloom
Juxtaposed against beautiful orange flowers
Holly berries ready for Winter. Notice how half the leaves are spiky and the others smooth
Peanut, having been caught munching on a bunch of wine grapes
The girls were thrilled when they solved the anagram. They did become a little frustrated after that so I gave them my phone and sent them off to take pictures, which soon did the trick. After that they had a good run around the huge lawns. I think children need a good run everyday! I then tried to take some snaps off them all together. How hard is it to get them to look in one direction?
From the bottom of the gardens you got a really good view of the castle and the terraces. I don’t think we had appreciated the true size until we looked from this angle.
We spent a couple of hours in the garden and despite a few misgivings the children really enjoyed themselves. Next time I will go prepared with some little cameras for the girls. I was surprised how good some of the pictures they took were and it’s a hobby I would like to encourage. We didn’t have time to explore all of the grounds or the castle itself. We will revisit at a later date and rectify that! Powis Castle gardens are a truly stunning site to behold in autumn. I wonder what winter will bring to the gardens?
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