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History of Cymerau Hall

Cymerau Garden
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The house was built in 1905 by General Lewis Pugh's grandfather, Lewis Pugh Pugh, M.P., D.L., Attorney General to the Government of India. The Gardens were laid out and planted with various species of trees and R. Ponticum. A small formal garden formerly existed below the house, but during and after the last war the gardens were largely devoted to food production and farming by General Pugh's father, Major H.O. Pugh, D.S.O., D.L.

In 1955, the preliminary steps to landscape the old gardens were started by Mrs. Pugh. Little progress was made until 1961 when General and Mrs. Pugh returned to live at Cymerau on his retirement from the Army.

Below the house lies a lawn bordered with flowering shrubs, Ericas, Hydrangeas, and including Embrothium and varieties of Rhododendron from Nepal and elsewhere. The lawn is divided by a tall hedge of R. Ponticum from a shrubbery and oakwood containing many varieties of flowering shrubs.

A rockery was built over a period of three years using local slate and stones found on the site. The rockery contains many unusual plants. In the spring it is a blaze of brilliant colour. From the top a magnificent view of the Dyfi Estuary, the sea, Aberdyfi and Borth can be seen.

On the mountainside of the rockery in sheltered sites there are many fine shrubs, including Rhododendrons, Crinodendrons, Azaleas, Camelias, and Laburnum.

Cymerau Garden is not an old garden, yet its informality, careful and expert landscaping and its grey dry-stone walls blend to perfection with the wild beauty of the surrounding country. It is a garden as characteristic and as much a part of Wales as are the woods and the hills, the estuary and the sea.