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Touchwood Aquilegia Garden

4 Clyne Valley Cottages | Killay, Swansea, SA2 7DU, Killay, Swansea, Wales
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Such beautiful flowers produced by a very nice person

Great to visit Carrie and see the wonderful range aquilegia she is producing.Can't wait to plant... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2014
Barracarol
Lovely Aquilegias

A small garden packed with different types and colours of aquilegias sited amongst other flowers... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2013
FionaClematis
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TOUCHWOOD AQUILEGIA GARDEN is an intimate, exuberant plantsman’s garden, most items grown from seed. If you like aquilegias (granny's bonnets / columbines) then this is THE place to visit. Currently (2013) there are only 2 National Plant Collections of aquilegia, and BOTH are at Touchwood! Aquilegias have been popular garden plants for many centuries. It has always been the unusual colours and the double forms that are most sought after. There are very many species available, and my collection grows yearly. The 1st National Collection comprises cultivars of the commonest type grown here, our British native wildflower: Aquilegia vulgaris. Plant Heritage recognised the SECOND collection for full National Plant Collection status in 2009. These 'aquilegia hybrids' are mainly amazing doubles with yellow in them that Carrie Thomas is breeding at Touchwood.YOU WON'T SEE AQUILEGIAS LIKE THESE ANYWHERE ELSE!!The aquilegia season varies depending on the seasonal weather, it may be as early as the start of May or as late as Whitsun Bank holiday, and lasts for about 6-8 weeks (as the doubles with yellow, and the large long-spurred hybrids flower a little later (but overlapping)). End of the season is late June. Do email to enquire what's flowering when you're nearby.There are not only aquilegias there! Carrie is a plantaholic who gardens in the cottage style in order to cram more plants into a small area! Keen on traditional cottage garden favourites, she also has many unusual and rare plants, mainly grown from seed. There is an abundance of climbers, herbaceous perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs, herbs, and vegetables, with shrubs, ferns and grasses. Containers (mainly alpines) and archways increase the available growing space. OPENING TIMES: By appointment, almost any time, during the aquilegia season... please email (see website, I usually log on early morning and evenings) (or ring, but I Don't get to the phone in the busy times!)) to choose a convenient date and time. Also open days, usually each weekend and Bank Holiday during the Aquilegia season.Plants & seeds for sale at the garden, and by post.
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2 Jun 2014
“Such beautiful flowers produced by a very nice person”
5 Dec 2013
“Lovely Aquilegias”
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4 Clyne Valley Cottages | Killay, Swansea, SA2 7DU, Killay, Swansea, Wales
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Great to visit Carrie and see the wonderful range aquilegia she is producing.Can't wait to plant my seeds and wait to see what wonders they produce :-)

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

A small garden packed with different types and colours of aquilegias sited amongst other flowers and plants. They overspilled into next doors garden as well. Carrie showed us round and discussed with us what we wanted to purchase. I bought a couple of plants and...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2013

This delightful cottage garden is carefully nurtured by Carrie Thomas of Touchwood plants. It is the national collection of #Aquilegias (also known as Columbines or Granny's Bonnets) and will be featured AGAIN on #BBC2's #Gardeners World. Highly recommended to visit and purchase some fabulous and...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

Carrie welcomed the 4 of us on a personally arranged visit of her garden. Although it is not a large garden she has filled every corner and half of her neighbours garden with Aquilegias against a background of roses, hardy geraniums, grasses etc. I had...More

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Carrie T, Owner at Touchwood Aquilegia Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2013

Always a pleasure to share time with other gardeners, especially if they are keen on aquilegias!

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