Water gardens around Cardiff
Wales gets a lot of rain. That’s a fact nobody could possibly dispute and, and one that few of us relish. However, there is a bright side to all this precipitation. It gives us lush greenness all year round and feeds our network of beautiful rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. Without the rain this area would be a poorer and less interesting place to be. It wouldn’t have the weirs, the canals and canal paths, the fishing opportunities, the wildlife, and the water gardens.
Most Cardiff parks and gardens have a water feature of some kind, from Roath Park’s boating lake to Victoria Park’s summer paddling pool. Many of the local gardens also use water as an ornamental feature. Belle Vue Gardens contains a particularly beautiful series of cascades and those at Beechwood Park definitely add something to the experience. The reflecting pool in the grounds of Veddw House is the perfect example of the way water can be used in a modern garden- there are no fountains in the shape of chubby cherubs here.
For a different kind of water garden, the wetland reserve at Cardiff Bay is also worth a visit. Old bread scraps are welcomed not only by ducks, geese, and swans, but also by the sticklebacks waiting in the water below them. Tucked away between Hamadryad Park and the hotels and shops bordering Mermaid Quay, the reserve is a hidden gem and usually very quiet.