AN historic Anglesey garden is branching out in a new direction.

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, near Menai Bridge, is presenting an evening of open air theatre with a touring production of Old Herbaceous, on Saturday, July 21.

Produced by Kick In The Head, and directed by Simon Downing, the one-man show features actor Giles Shenton.

The show, which has toured the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016, the Royal Horticultural Society Arts Festival, 2016, National Gardening Week, 2018, Festival of Gardens North Wales, 2018, and the Evesham Festival of Words, 2018, has been described as "Downton Abbey with gardening tips.”

Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man, Herbert Pinnegar, who has a passion for plants. Written by Alfred Shaughnessy, script editor and chief writer on Upstairs, Downstairs, Old Herbaceous is an observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age and is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets: “You can’t be angry for long…not in a garden”, “a garden is like life itself…full of good and evil”.

The evening blossoms into tender humour as it unexpectedly twists into a quiet love story of sorts, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.

The performance will take place next to the pond in the Plas Cadnant walled garden.

Garden owner Anthony Tavernor, who has lovingly restored the historic gardens, said:

"I went to see Old Herbaceous when it was on in Bala and it just seemed like it would suit Plas Cadnant, as the garden is like a natural amphitheatre. We are trying something new by offering open air theatre and we hope people will come along and enjoy the show."

Tickets include supper served during the interval. If wet the show will be held indoors. The performance starts at 6.15pm, gates open at 5pm. Tickets are £24.50 from Plas Cadnant or at Tour dates at