Aberglasney Gardens will start its 25th anniversary celebrations with an exhibition of paintings by a celebrated artist who was instrumental in the restoration of the gardens.

The exhibition showcases the work of William Wilkins, a contemporary artist in Wales who has work included in national collections, regional museums and private foundations.

It will feature Mr Wilkins' recent and earlier pieces and officially opens to the public on May 4 and will be viewable until May 23.

Mr Wilkins, is the founding chairman of Aberglasney Restoration Trust and project director of the restoration.

He said: "I am very pleased to be exhibiting as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations at Aberglasney.

"I am proud that it continues to go from strength to strength and continues to be an inspiration."

New York Times critic, Hilton Kramer applauded Mr Wilkins’ artistic talents citing him as ‘an artist of distinction.’

Organisers have curated a unique collection for the exhibition with pieces that have never been exhibited before, paintings and drawings from the last 50 years and rarely seen private loans.

Chairman of Aberglasney Gardens’ board of trustees, Phillip Ratcliffe, endorsed the exhibition as a fitting tribute.

He said: "It is a fitting tribute to the work of this internationally successful artist and Aberglasney supporter that we are able to host this exhibition as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations."

The anniversary year promises an array of events and experiences, with members and visitors encouraged to check Aberglasney’s social media pages, website and e-newsletters for updates and ticket information.