In the mid eighteenth century the Edmondes family acquired Old Hall, a house fronting the High Street, improved the house and developed the gardens. The Edmondes family were prominent landowners in the 18th century. Records show that in the nineteenth century the walled enclosure in the south-east corner of the gardens was formally laid out with beds and paths, a layout which suggests an earlier origin. This is where the Physic Garden has been created, its formal design echoing the pattern of earlier centuries.
The Physic Garden would originally have been part of the formal gardens of Old Hall. Many transformations of the building have taken place over the years and much of the garden was left neglected. In the latter part of the 20th century it was the responsibility of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and had been a tree plantation that had become badly overgrown.
In 2004, with the support of the Vale of Glamorgan Council a group of volunteers had the vision to create the Physic Garden that is in existence today. Thanks to committed work, enthusiasm and successful fund raising, the ancient walls and building were repaired, beds laid out, plants sourced and put into the ground. With careful nurturing, volunteers maintain the garden to an exceptionally high standard; a feat recognised by the award of a ‘Green Pennant’ in 2009.
Things You Need To Know
Cowbridge Physic Garden is open to all and has been designed and laid out to make it accessible for wheelchair users. The entrance from Church Street has a ramp and all paths are suitable for all visitors.
There is no parking availability outside the garden itself, but spaces are normally available nearby.
There are no toilet facilities within the garden.