Clyne Gardens, Swansea. The gardens have been made from part of the original gardens and woods of Clyne Castle, the home of millionaire industrialist William Graham Vivian. He purchased the castle and land in 1860, spending much time and money on developing it to suit his tastes and style. It stayed in the Vivian family until the death of Algernon (The Admiral) in 1952. As a result of death duties the castle was sold and passed to Swansea University. The gardens contain many rare and unusual plants collected from all over the world. The gardens cover some 19 hectares and include over 2,000 different plants including over 800 rhododendrons for which the gardens are famous. Here you see the Gazebo (Summer House) built as a lookout for the Admiral to view the incoming ships as they entered Swansea Bay. It is protected by a fine stand of Monterey Pine 'Pinus radiata'. These trees have retained their lower branches which filter the prevailing winds and give greater cover (protection) to the area. Both locals and visitors alike now walk the many trails and pathways through the park then sit to enjoy the beautiful trees and plants and also view the ships and yachts that frequent Swansea Bay and the Bristol Channel as did Algernon (The Admiral).
Wales (Cymru in the Welsh language) is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The major cities are Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bangor. The city of St. Davids is the smallest city in the UK with a population around 2000. Wales itself has a population of around 3 million. The Welsh language is spoken by around 20% of the population.