After months of closure, world-famous Bodnant Gardens is reopening to the public with a riot of colour
Set in 80 acres on a dramatic hillside, Bodnant Gardens in North Wales is the perfect family day out this spring. With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, the gardens will be bursting with colour in April and May.
As well as swathes of golden daffodils which fill the Old Park meadow, there are also carpets of bluebells, acres of cherry blossom and herbaceous beds bursting with tulips, iris, and flowering perennials.
The National Collections of magnolias and rhododendrons also flower from March until June, many of which were brought to Bodnant by famous plant hunters at the turn of the 1900s.
However, the ultimate spring spectacle is the flowering of the world famous Laburnum Arch (pictured below), a pergola walkway of golden flowers which glows from mid May to early June.
The 55 metre-long flowering feature, which was based on pergola walkways of the 16th and 17th centuries, was created by the garden’s Victorian founder Henry Pochin in 1880. Believed to be the longest and oldest in Britain, it is now the most visited, photographed and anticipated event of Bodnant Garden’s year, drawing around 50,000 visitors each year.
If you’re not lucky enough to be able to visit during this time, for two weeks from the 18th May, Bodnant willl be streaming ‘slow TV’ video from the arch on their social media sites: www.facebook.com/BodnantGardenNT as well as twitter.com/BodnantGardenNT
There will also be a Q&A session with the Assistant Head Gardener filmed live under the arch and the season will close with start-to-finish time-lapse footage showing how the arch changes over the course of its flowering.
Bodnant Garden will reopen from Monday, 29 March 2021 and tickets, which cost £8 per adult and £4 per child, must be booked in advance. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5pm. Take away hot and cold light meals, snacks and drinks will be available from kiosks and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic. Dogs are welcome on short leads. For more information, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden