Gerddi Portmeirion Portmeirion


Gerddi Portmeirion

Mae'r rhaglen hon yn rhoi sylw i erddi Portmeirion a'r rhai sydd yn gofalu amdanynt. In the second programme the focus will be on the gardens at Portmeirion village. First shown...


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-Sir Clough Williams-Ellis built

-Portmeirion on his private land.

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-The village was built

-between 1925 and 1975...

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-..yes, a whole 50 years to complete.

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-Sir Clough developed a site

-of natural beauty...

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-..without disfiguring it.

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-He combined great architecture

-with suitable landscape planning...

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-..and wanted to protect

-the Welsh countryside.

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-He battled for beauty -

-'that strange necessity'.

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-Everyone is familiar

-with Portmeirion the village...

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-..but few know about

-its gardens and woodland.

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-Until recently, the gardens

-have almost been a secret.

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-People have stumbled

-across them on occasions.

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-Experienced and professional

-gardeners have come here...

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-..amazed by the wealth of plants

-which can be found in the Gwyllt.

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-There are tropical plants,

-Rhododendrons, Camellias...

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-..Magnolias, Azaleas

-and many others.

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-Several of these plants

-are unique...

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-..as a result of the mild

-climate we get here.

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-A few miles inland they could

-only be grown

-in glasshouses.

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-Coloured posts mark the walk

-from Portmeirion to the Gwyllt.

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-I'm the Head Gardener

-here at Portmeirion.

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-I'm responsible for the village

-gardens, the Gwyllt gardens...

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-..and the wooded gardens.

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-You could say, everything

-that grows in Portmeirion!

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-I was trained at Kew Gardens

-and at Windsor back in the '60s.

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-I spent most of my time

-working in south-east England...

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-..before coming here

-to Portmeirion in 1995.

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-We are currently developing

-the gardens...

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-..and providing more information

-for visitors and guests...

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-..by means of a leaflet

-showing the wild paths...

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-..and a booklet about

-the gardens' history.

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-We're standing alongside

-the largest lake in Portmeirion.

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-This was re-opened

-in the early '80s.

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-The bridge behind me

-and the pagoda over there...

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-..were designed by Susan

-Cooper-Willis, Robin's mother.

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-There are a number of lakes

-in the Gwyllt...

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-..including Temple pond, which

-is filled with fish, such as carp.

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-Further up into the Gwyllt,

-there is a natural pond...

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-..in Eucraphia Hollow.

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-The gardens and the Gwyllt

-contain many sculptures...

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-..some are evident

-but others are hidden by the trees.

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-We're standing in Salutation Square

-at the moment...

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-..where you can see along the path

-to the shaded area at the far end.

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-This was one of Clough's

-favourite places.

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-It draws you into the Gwyllt

-- this is where it begins.

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-The Gwyllt is a natural garden

-with some tropical plants.

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-They were originally planted

-here in 1865.

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-Keeping the gardens in good

-condition is an all year round task.

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-This is some of the work we do.

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-We trim these yews

-- the Taxus Baccata.

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-The main problem is that

-they lose shape quite quickly...

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-..so we tie them using strong wire.

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-The wire is waterproof

-so it lasts quite a long time.

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-We tie them to keep them in shape.

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-Many of them are long and thin,

-like these.

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-They could look out of place

-if they lost shape.

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-The growth will actually

-come through the wire...

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-..so we have to trim them back

-in about August and September.

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-There's plenty to do...

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-..as there are about 60 trees

-in total.

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-In order to draw more children

-to the Gwyllt...

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-..we decided to build

-this play area.

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-There used to be a ditch here.

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-When we built the new

-infrastructure in Portmeirion...

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-..we brought the rubble here

-to fill the hole in.

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-We then created the play area.

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-We filled the sides with soil...

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-..and planted Rhododendrons

-to provide a screen.

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-This spring,

-we will be installing...

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-..a miniature wooden railway

-and a castle.

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-That is sure to attract

-more children to the Gwyllt.

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-Some trees are unique

-to Portmeirion...

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-..and named after the Gwyllt.

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-I'm standing alongside the Gwyllt

-King which has been bred here.

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-They crossed two Rhododendrons

-to create this plant.

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-It received the Gold Merit

-from the RHS in 1938.

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-It's a very interesting plant

-as the back of the leaves...

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-..are the colour of velvet.

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-One of the Gwyllt's most interesting

-areas is the Dogs' Cemetery...

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-..established by Mrs Adelaide Haig.

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-The elegies she wrote

-can still be read here.

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-I'm standing beside a young

-Maintenous Arbora plant.

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-It comes from Chile

-and is rather special.

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-Alan Mitchell says that this

-is the best example of this tree...

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-..in this country.

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-Roy Lancaster said the same thing

-in 'The Gardener' - the RHS book.

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-These are young trees

-that are growing.

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-The climate here is ideal

-for this plant...

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-..as there is plenty of rain

-and warm air from the Gulf Stream.

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-Each gardener is responsible for

-a different part of the garden.

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-Careful planning is needed

-to ensure that the garden...

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-..is colourful

-throughout the year...

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-..with a range of hothouse and wild

-flowers in every nook and cranny.

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-I've been working here for ten

-years and I love gardening here.

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-There's a good group of staff.

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-We went to the Chelsea Flower Show

-last year for two weeks...

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-..and it was the first time

-we'd competed.

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-We won the Big Gardens Award

-so we were very proud...

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-..of what we achieved there.

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-We met Charlie Dimmock,

-who is a gardener of sorts...

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-..and many other stars,

-on one of the days.

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-We had a good time.

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-We cultivate the lawns

-during the summer...

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-..along with the yew trees.

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-We keep the gardens

-neat and tidy...

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-..and look after the lawn

-in front of the hotel.

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-It becomes very busy

-over the summer.

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-We get up to 4,000 visitors

-during the week, in August...

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-..so it can get very busy.

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-It's quieter

-at this time of year...

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-..but it's pleasant

-with fewer people around.

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-It's hard to work around

-too many people!

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-We are standing in the village

-centre, beside the Piazza.

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-Years ago,

-this was a vegetable garden...

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-..but we now grow other plants

-here, such as Suzanna palms.

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-The Irish Yews are cut like

-Italian Cypress...

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-..just as Clough liked them.

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-There is Euphorbia growing here.

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-This is one of the succulents

-I talked about earlier.

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-This Arricium is native

-to the Scilly and Canary Isles.

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-They are quite happy here

-and are even self-seeding.

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-I was doing this job

-for the council in Porthmadog...

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-..from midnight until 8.30am...

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-..as that was the only time...

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-..it was quiet enough

-to clean the streets.

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-In 1992, I heard they needed

-someone here part-time.

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-I got the job and was delighted.

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-This is Cornus Capitata

-that bears a delicious fruit...

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-..which tastes similar

-to strawberry.

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-It must be very red

-before you can eat it...

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-..as it's very sour

-unless it's ripe.

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-It grows very well here and has

-a yellow bract when in flower...

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-..and it fruits

-at this time of year.

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-It adds colour during the winter

-when little else is flowering.

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-Of the Gwyllt paths that

-weave their way along...

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-..one leads to a lighthouse

-designed by Sir Clough.

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-I can't see how they've done it.

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-It must be like a 3D mirage

-or something.

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-The most incredible thing

-is that they've taken a part...

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-..of this little fairy land and

-stuck it in the middle of London!

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-The way that he did things

-has such a charming effect on you.

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-The Chelsea Flower Show

-was one the main events of 1999...

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-..for the Portmeirion gardeners.

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-Months of careful planning ensued.

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-As far as the gardens are concerned,

-all is going according to plan.

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-The tower is being built in East

-Anglia and will be shipped over...

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-..about two weeks before

-the completion of the garden.

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-To complete the steps

-and walls in Chelsea...

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-..Welsh slates had to be prepared.

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-All the plants were grown

-in Portmeirion's nursery...

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-..before being moved

-to their temporary new home.

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-The hard work paid off

-one hundredfold...

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-..and the garden

-was a complete success.

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-Doesn't it look wonderful

-- just like Portmeirion?

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-I go there regularly

-and love the place.

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-It's one of the best places

-in Wales.

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-I can't believe the way they've

-recreated the atmosphere.

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-It looks and feels

-like Portmeirion.

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-As you walk through the garden

-you see the Gwyllt in Portmeirion.

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-They've also conveyed the height,

-as Portmeirion is multi-level.

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-They've managed to convey

-that in Chelsea!

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-What a way to promote Wales!

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-Everyone will visit

-Portmeirion now!

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-Stars from television

-and the gardening world...

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-..have all been to see the garden.

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-Bob Geldof is here

-with his girlfriend.

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-Jools Holland is in the garden

-at the moment.

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-Everyone is astounded -

-it's the best garden in Chelsea.

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-I love Chelsea because

-of the Garden Party atmosphere.

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-There are loads of ideas as well...

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-..and it's summer even if

-the weather doesn't think so.

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-The garden was officially opened

-by Sir Clough's daughter, Susan.

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-Musician, Jools Holland is one

-of Portmeirion's biggest fans...

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-..and he did his best to help Susan.

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-A little detail - a simple hitch!

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-My love affair with Portmeirion

-began when I was a child...

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-..and I saw The Prisoner programme.

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-That was what introduced it to me.

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-I wondered why he was trying

-to escape from this beautiful place.

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-Why doesn't he say "Hey, this is

-the nicest place I've ever been"?

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-It looked enchanting and beautiful

-but I had no idea where it was.

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-It wasn't until The Tube...

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-..that we decided

-to go to Portmeirion...

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-..to film an episode

-based on The Prisoner.

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-What is this place? Where am I?

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-You, Number 7.

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-Yes, you, Number 7 - up here.

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-I'm not a number,

-I'm a television personality.

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-Very good, number 7.

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-Now come up here and join me

-for something to eat.

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-I realised The Prisoner thing

-wasn't important.

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-The important thing was Portmeirion

-itself, its gardens and buildings...

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-..and the views of its creator,

-Clough Williams-Ellis.

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-We worked with Wyevale...

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-..Portmeirion Pottery

-and the Welsh Tourist Board.

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-Bunny Guinness and Peter Eustence

-were the garden designers.

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-Six gardeners from Portmeirion

-have done all the planting work.

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-I've copied the Unicorn building

-myself for a recording studio.

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-I've looked at the way

-he's worked...

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-..and used him as an inspiration

-to design things for myself.

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-My job is playing the piano

-or going out with the band...

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-..so if I go and see

-a Ray Charles concert...

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-..I come away and I'm charged up

-with all the ideas.

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-It's the same with Portmeirion.

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-When I go there, it is relaxing

-but also a case of being inspired.

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-After all the planning and hard work

-Russell Sharp was quite content.

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-I'm pleased with all the work that

-shows Portmeirion as it really is.

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-An event like this also attracts

-a number of tourists to Wales.

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-An event like this also attracts

-a number of tourists to Wales.

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-It's wonderful.

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-Coming here and talking about it,

-really is second best.

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-You can say "That is it"!

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-That's the absolute feeling and I

-think they've done it brilliantly!

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-Some of it's cultivated, the ponds

-and the Japanese part...

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-..and then the natural beach.

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-Some people cut grass but

-Portmeirion don't always cut it.

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-I think it's wonderful - beautiful!

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-The more of Portmeirion we have

-transported, the better!

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-A piece of Wales in England...

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-..but what was the main purpose

-of Chelsea?

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-The idea behind Chelsea was

-to recreate the atmosphere...

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-..of Portmeirion and Plas Brondanw.

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-For that, the designers created

-a three-quarter sized model...

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-..of the Watch Tower

-down on the seashore.

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-I think that the Chelsea Flower

-Show did bring people to Wales...

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-..and to Portmeirion in particular.

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-These are people who have

-an interest in the gardens.

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-We distributed over 10,000 leaflets

-about the gardens in Portmeirion...

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-..and other gardens in Wales.

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-In 1999, we noticed

-that more people than ever...

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-..were taking a stroll

-through the Gwyllt...

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-..and using the paths

-marked with coloured posts.

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-But what does the future hold

-for the gardens and the Gwyllt?

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-But what does the future hold

-for the gardens and the Gwyllt?

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-Change is intrinsic to gardens.

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-The idea is to maintain

-the atmosphere we have here...

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-..in addition to nurturing

-and developing the rare plants.

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-We still have work to do

-to develop the gardens.

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-We do not intend to create

-a formal garden...

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-..but to keep it wild

-so that it looks natural.

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-There are plants here from

-all corners of the world...

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-..and they're flourishing

-because of our mild climate.

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-Next week, we'll take a look

-at another part...

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-..of the Portmeirion Trust -

-the Brondanw Estate.

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-The mansion was

-Clough Williams-Ellis' home...

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-..and inspired his architecture.

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-The estate includes houses,

-farms and a magnificent garden.

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Mae'r rhaglen hon yn rhoi sylw i erddi Portmeirion a'r rhai sydd yn gofalu amdanynt. In the second programme the focus will be on the gardens at Portmeirion village. First shown in 2001.