Bodnant Gardens is a truly beautiful National Trust location in Conwy County, which can be visited throughout the year – allowing visitors to experience the garden through the different seasons. This property is situated near Tal-y-Cafn and it overlooks the Conwy Valley towards the impressive Carneddau Mountains, and is close by to landmarks like Conwy castle
It was founded in 1874 by Henry Pochin and was lovingly developed and cultivated by five generations of one family – over the next 50 years, many plants were sourced from famous plant hunters; before it was gifted to the National Trust in 1949. Bodnant hall and gardens are one of the highlights of Conwy County, the magnificent gardens feature no less than five terraces including a lily pond and some beautiful herbaceous borders.
During the autumn season, Bodnant is an absolute firework display of amber, crimson and gold colours, with the glowing leaves of trees, shrubs, berries and ripening fruit – these colours put on a show that can easily rival the brightest colours of the summer.
These gardens near conwy are home to magnificent trees from all around the world and they are at their finest at this time of year. Among the historic collection here are many UK Champion Trees – the biggest and best of their kind in the whole of the UK – including rare exotics collected by plant hunters more than a century ago, along with other beautiful native trees. Take a walk in the Glades, you’ll be able to enjoy the Japanese acers and be completely awestruck by the towering American conifers in The Dell and Far End.
In the formal gardens on The Terraces, roses are still in bloom and the herbaceous beds are bursting with late flowering asters, sedums and dahlias in all colours of the rainbow. In The Dell there are swarms of azure hydrangeas which are transforming daily as they age, and throughout The Glades plants are laden with fruits and berries.
As you’re exploring the gardens, look out for the weirdest fruit of the garden, the blue seed pods of Decaisnea fargesii (Dead Man’s Fingers), along with the giant ‘raspberries’ of Cornus kousa and the pink and orange hooded berries of Euonymus europaeus.
If you get hints of the candy floss scent of the Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree) refreshments are on offer at the Pavilion tea-room.