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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
March 10, 2012
October 21, 2006
After a slight incline we are dropping down into the lower garden with its medieval fishponds that were, in their day, both decorative and functional – they were an early fish farm providing food for the gentry’s table. An extension from this pond are the more formal water gardens and although access to the side of the water is restricted there are some stunning views from the upper terrace. Stone staircases took us to the balustraded balcony where we joined stone statues to enjoy the view of James Pulham’s water garden (he was a Victorian designer involved in the completion of these magnificent gardens). The whole area is a mass of bright colours complimenting the white cast iron urns enclosing plants in contrast to the freedom of the rambling roses that guard our route.Around the garden well cared for specimen trees have been strategically placed (a Victorian trademark) and in the background the more heavily populated arboretum marks the edge of the garden. Towards the castle we came across the extremely formal Parterre with its carefully manicured low box hedging and bright flowers set in the enclosure. A water fountain stands at the centre. There are three other sections to the castle’s garden: a play area – the bowling green; a kitchen herb garden – just breathe in those scents; and a knot garden – a formally laid out scented garden without the box hedging.
The Italian Garden are the most of the centre’s projects on site and these can be found tucked aways behind a high stone wall. Originally these were private gardens but now everyone can enjoy the colourful herbaceous borders, orange trees and the tranquility of the water feature.
The castle itself is a fine Elizabethan manor houses in Wales and had been in the Plymouth family from 1730 until 1946 when the Earl of Plymouth donated the castle with eighteen acres of land to the National Museum of Wales. There is a separate museum inside the "castle" but time had overtaken us. The gardens offer a serenity - a time to pause and reflect on the amazing collection of old properties in this fascinating outdoor museum.
We just had time to call in at the modern ecologically friendly house with its mass of energy saving devices before making our way back to the museum shop and museum exit. Our only regret was that we'd arrived at St Fargan's too late in the day to fully do it justice. But what an assault on our senses!
From journal Dozens of Museums on One Site
Leicester, United Kingdom
August 7, 2006
At the entrance you will receive the map of the site. Each building has brief description of its history on the information board in front of it. The guidebook has colour pictures of all buildings and about 2-3 paragraphs description text about each of them.
The visit of this museum can easily occupy whole one day. As you start the tour shiny ping farmhouse from 1610 will attract your attention. Further on is the 19th century bee house which is apparently the top attraction of the museum. Well I loved the round pig house from 1800 much much better. The pigs are even living in it. As I kept Wowing over every other building in the museum my legs started hurting. Coffee break! Traditional bake house selling organic bread and cakes next to the coffee house has few tables for the lazy visitors like me. Sipping hot coffee and planning which way to go next. Post Office, Cockpit, Gwalia Stores, Tollhouse…Farmstead, originally build in 1820, full of life. I became 5 years old again and merged among other kids curiously watching sweet little piglets feeding themselves on their mother’s milk, white lamb jumping on the meadow and geese curiously like us sticking their head through the fence.
OK, time to grow up, but just a little bit. Next stop Celtic Village. Passing through wooden gate decorated with REAL human scalp, entering into the tent filled with smoke from the fire returns my heart back to the time when we were young, building shelters in the wood, making fires and singing old "Indian" songs. You should know that weekend stay in this place can be arranged.
Sun seemed to disappeared while dreaming about the past. The rest of the Welsh heritage has to be done in a bit of speed. Not much time to wonder around Castle gardens and explore the exquisite Rosery or the Arboretum. It is nearly 5 pm, unfortunately a closing time but then tomorrow is another day so why not to come again. It is for free.
From journal Sensations of Cardiff