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North Wales - Bodnant


By AndrewR


Bodnant Garden, now owned by the National Trust, covers some 80 acres situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.

The Garden has two parts. The upper garden around Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower area, known as the “Dell” is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild garden.

An endeavour has been made at Bodnant Garden to grow a wide range of interesting and beautiful plants from all over the world, particularly China, North America, Europe and Japan, that are suited to the Welsh climate and soil. A lot of money has been spent on improving the gardens in the past few years, including a grant from the EU.

Sadly, this was the wettest part of our trip, but the weather meant we had the gardens almost to ourselves.
This is the first view of the garden from inside the entrance.

But it’s not long before you come across rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom at this time of year.

Snowdon is somewhere out there in the mist.

Then down a long flight of steps into the “Dell.”

We decided, with a bit of work, this would be our holiday home!

We climbed another long flight of steps back up towards the house and found the rose garden. This has recently been completely rebuilt and replanted.

This is Bodnant’s most famous garden building, the Pin Mill. You can see it’s still raining!

A last look at the azaleas and then a hot cup of tea was called for.

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truly beautiful, thanks andrew, love those sort of places, the water and the plants, really lovely

21 May, 2012


Its a long time since I visited Bodnant and then it was midsummer so your photo`s are a treat to see Andrew, its a beautiful garden and one I would recommend to everyone, shame the weather was not good but I remember it gets very crowded on good days, so you have lovely pics without lots of people, thankyou for sharing....

21 May, 2012


We went last july Andrew and although we missed the rhodo,s the rose garden was wonderful, each oblong bed having different varieties, we were incredibly lucky it was a warm summers day (the only one last year?). The perfume was heady the roses beautiful as was all the other diverse parts of the garden......lunches were good too.....

21 May, 2012


It is truly a beautiful place. Have been, years ago, so lovely to see your pictures Andrew.

21 May, 2012


Spectacular gardens indeed...and somehow the rain doesn't look out of place in the dell, it just enhances the beauty.

21 May, 2012


Beautiful photos Andrew, would love to visit, quite breathtaking, would not look the same without the wet Welsh weather!!

21 May, 2012


Stunning colours .One I must add to the list of must do.Thank you Andrew.

22 May, 2012

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