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Special treat for St Dwynwen's Day at Aberglasney

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By: Robert Lloyd
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Where better to look for romance to blossom than the stunning surroundings of one of the most romantic gardens in Wales?

Dydd Santes Dwynwen, St Dwynwens Day, is next Wednesday, January 25, and love will be in the air for all visitors to picturesque Aberglasney House and Gardens in the Tywi Valley.
All couples paying to enter the garden on St Dwynwens Day will receive a special gift, said Aberglasney shop manager Vanessa Bolton.
Over the years, Aberglasney has proved very popular with visitors seeking that extra-special romantic location for St Dwynwens Day and for St Valentines Day.
The gardens at Aberglasney have seen their fair share of marriage proposals and the setting lends itself wonderfully to romance.
To make St Dwynwens Day extra special for those looking for romance we will be giving a hand-carved Welsh lovespoon to every couple coming through the turnstiles.
Aberglasney chief executive Roger Evans said he was eagerly looking forward to welcoming couples young and old to the gardens on St Dwynwens Day.
As well as being a romantic location, this is a magical and inspirational venue, he said.
The custom of carving and giving Welsh lovespoons originated in Wales hundreds of years ago. In fact, there are many on display at the Welsh Folk Museum in Cardiff, including one that dates back to 1667.
The lovespoon tradition is one we are keen to preserve and promote here at Aberglasney and what better day to give your loved one a gift of a love spoon than on St Dwynwens Day?
Aberglasney, acknowledged as one of the UKs finest gardens, is the ideal location for romantic walks amidst beautiful, exotic flowers and plants from all parts of the world.
To find out more about Aberglasney, you can visit
Pictures: Paige Griffiths and Alexander Hoyle put the romantic spirit of Aberglasney to the test.
Picture of the love spoon which couples will receive as a free gift from Aberglasney on St Dwynwens Day.

St Dwynwen's Day is celebrated in Wales on the 25th January.
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.

Robert Lloyd
01/17/12 07:16:41PM @robert-lloyd:

Dim probs. Diolch!

Ceri Shaw
01/17/12 06:56:58PM @ceri-shaw:

Gwych. Diolch for posting Robert