21 March 2019
The First Day of Spring 2019
Erddig House & Gardens
Erddig Hall is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Wrexham, Wales. Built in 1684–1687, the site was chosen by Joshua Edisbury who was appointed the High Sheriff of Denbighshire.
The immaculate grounds are largely due to the work of the well-respected landscape designer William Emes, who worked at Erddig from 1768-1780.
Emes was also responsible for increasing the value of the surrounding agricultural land, by stemming the flow of flood water from the Afon Clywedog through a series of small waterfalls and weirs.
The house and gardens were passed down through seven generations until The National Trust took ownership in 1973 and began a four year restoration.
The spring equinox marks the end of winter & beginning of spring, a time where we gladly welcome the warmer weather and are treated to glorious displays of new life & colour.
We enjoyed this special day by visiting Erddig Hall in North Wales, and found out how the gardeners & groundsmen prepare the pristine landscaped grounds for spring and the coming months.
Gardeners, volunteers & staff were out in force when we visited, mowing lawns, trimming branches, clearing leaves from borders & potted plants and, we suspect, thoroughly enjoying the glorious sunshine.
Volunteer Pete told us that they were eagerly waiting for the tulips in his area to reveal their colours, hoping they would match the neighbouring flowers. The wall climbing plants drew one's eye around the gardens, lighting up the many micro-courtyards, patio areas and garden features.
Perhaps the funniest tale of the day was from Gayle in the National Trust shop, who told us she couldn't believe how many ice creams she'd sold in March!
Flowers In Bloom
A plethora of stunning spring flowers fill precisely marked out beds and ornate stone planters at Erddig Hall, a testament to the dedication of the landscaping team.
Daffodils, tulips, evergreen clematis, cherry blossoms, hyacinth & snakeshead fritillary were all coming into full bloom when we visited, with the sweet peas just keeping us hanging a little longer, their buds near bursting open.
Erddig's gardens are also home to many different species of trees, many of which are still thriving from the time of William Ermes. The Yew trees are particularly beautiful and captivating, located at the far end of the rear gardens.
Visit Erddig House
Erddig House is well signposted on the A525 Whitchurch road, near Wrexham.
By car take exit 3 on the A483, then follow the third right signposted to the House & Gardens. Ample parking is provided, with overflow areas at busy times.
Sat Nav postcode: LL13 0YT
By train (and foot) Erddig is 2.5 miles from Wrexham Central and 3.5 miles from Wrexham General.
Get The Erddig Look
As the sole manufacturer of the National Trust Landscape Collection, Westminster Stone offer a range of paving products similar to the Traditional Flagstones found at Erddig House.
Inspired by the historic buildings and stately homes of Great Britain, Westminster Stone Old Castle Blend Flagstones have re-created the bygone age, with stunning old rustic stone flagstone paving.
National Trust Country House Petworth Flagstones are the ideal choice for traditional gardens, both formal and informal. The warm olive and subtle grey tones complement brick, flint and stone properties alike.
This beautifully crafted piece will add a stunning feature to any garden with its unique ‘daisy petal’ pattern. The Abbey Planter is especially stunning when planted out to full effect.
National Trust Kitchen Garden Brick Pavers can be used in a variety of settings, from informal kitchen courtyards to decorative panels within formal paved areas, made of fibre reinforced reconstructed stone.