The 50 acre site of Clyne Gardens at Blackpill was formerly the estate of the Vivian family. The gardens were started in 1860 by the industrialist Graham Vivian and his nephew Algernon was responsible for the glorious collection of Rhododendrons and Azaelas for which the gardens are nationally famous.
Clyne Castle now serves as a hall of residence for the University College of Swansea and lucky students spend an unforgettable sojourn there.
In 1952 the gardens were acquired by Swansea City Council and opened to the public the following year. The council’s policy of extending the collection of plants ensures that the gardens are a continuing source of interest for the visitors.
The painting features the lower valley of the gardens and beyond the Rhubarb-like leaves of the magnificent Gunnera Manicata, which can grow to 6 ft in diameter, can be seen some of the Rhododendrons, Irises and candelabra Primulas of the bog garden.
Copyright Rita Mitchell Studio 1993
This painting was originally published in ‘Swansea and Gower in Watercolour’ one of my annual calendar publications’ Fine art prints are available.