Bodnant Garden

Beautiful National Trust Garden in North Wales

Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, covering some 80 acres and 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 area, around the Hall, consists of formal lawns and herbaceous borders, magnificent Italiante Terraces featuring buttressed walls and brick paths, curved steps and pergolas, the Pin Mill and Lily Ponds.

The lower area, known as The Dell is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Pinetum and Wild Garden, where 200-year old trees tower above azaleas, hydrangeas and hosters.

The season commences in March with wonderful displays of Magnolias and Camellias, and carpets with carpets of golden Daffodils. Gorgeous Rhododendrons and Azaleas flower profusely from mid April to late May, whilst the stunning 55 metre Laburnum Arch is a spectacular sight from around the third week of May until early June. Throughout the summer months the Garden looks delightful with colourful displays of roses, water lilies, clematis, eucryphia, hydrangeas and glorious herbaceous borders. This is followed by amazing autumn colours and berries in October.

At Bodnant Garden we 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. As well as this, great care has been taken to place the plants in such a way that they enhance each other and contribute to the general beauty of the Garden throughout the seasons.

The Garden will interest amateur and professional gardeners, artists, photographers and families alike.

Take a tour around our site and enjoy the delights Bodnant Garden has to offer.

National Trust and NT for Scotland members, and individual Royal Horticultural Society are admitted free on presentation of their valid membership card.

The Garden is managed for the National Trust by the Hon. Michael McLaren, Q.C.

Listed below is a brief outline of our 2011 Events Programme. Please telephone the Garden Office on 01492 650460 if you wish to purchase event tickets.

Entrance to the Garden is free to National Trust Members on production of their valid Membership Card.

FEBRUARY
Sat 26th 1-3pm Snowdrop Planting, £1 for snowdrops + normal entrance charge.

MARCH
Tues 1st St. David’s Day Lunch, adult £12.95 child £5.90 booking required, telephone Catering Manager on 01492 650758.

Weds 2nd 10am Head Gardener´s Walk £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Fri 11th 7pm Evening Lecture - speaker Troy Smith, our own Head Gardener, will talk about the Garden´s history, recent and current projects and future plans. £15 inc wine and cheese platter, booking required.

Thurs 17th 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Fri 25th 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘In search of Mr. Forrest´ looking at rhododendrons with Dr. Ted Brabin, Chair of North West Branch RHS Rhododendron Group, £13.25 + normal entrance charge, inc coffee and biscuits booking required as places limited.

Tues 29th 1pm Jobs of the Season - Shrub Borders. Join a member of our Garden Team for a discussion, walk and practical demonstration, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

APRIL
Sun 3rd Mothering Sunday Lunch, adult £12.95 child £5.90 booking required, telephone Catering Manager on 01492 650758.

Weds 6th 10am Head Gardener´s Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Fri 8th 7pm Gardeners’ Question Time in Pavilion Tea-room, a great chance for you to ask our expert gardeners that gardening question to which you´ve always wanted to know the answer, you can also bring a sample of a plant you would like identifying, followed by a Quiz with prizes. £14.75 inc. drinks and nibbles, booking required.

Tues 12th 7.15am Breakfast Walk with Deputy Head Gardener focussing on the beauty of the Garden in the early morning light, £16.50 inc Full Monty breakfast, booking required as places limited.

Weds 13th 10.30-4pm Falconry Displays and Flying Demonstrations. Meet the falconers and their wonderful birds of prey, audience-participation flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal entrance charges apply.

Thurs 21st 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Sun-Mon 24-25th 10-5pm family fun Easter Trails and face painter sponsored by Cadbury, £2 per trail + normal entrance charge, last trail issued at 2pm. Also, on Easter Sunday have your photograph taken with the Easter Bunny and Chick and help support Llandrillo College students´ HappySnaps fundraising for Hope House´s Ty Gobaith childrens´ hospice.

Sun 24th 3-5pm Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Pavilion Tea-room, £5.50 per child (max 30 places) booking required.

Fri 29th 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘Principles of Garden Design’ led by Daniele Altieri, £13.25 (inc coffee and biscuits) + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

MAY
Weds 4th 10am Head Gardener´s Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Tues 10th 1pm Champion Tree Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Thurs 19th 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

JUNE
Weds 1st 10am Head Gardener´s Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Weds 9th 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘Propagation’, £13.25 (inc coffee and biscuits) + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Thurs 16th 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Tues 21st 6.30pm Evening Guided Walk led by members of the Garden team, followed by drinks and canapes in Pavilion Tea-room, £14.75 booking required as places limited.

Fri 24th 9am Special Interest Walk ‘Plant and Garden Photography’ with Head Gardener Troy Smith, £13.25 (inc coffee and biscuits) + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Sun 26th Father’s Day Lunch, adult £12.95, child £5.90 booking required.

Tues 28th 1pm ´Jobs of the Season - The Dell´, join a member of our gardening team for a discussion, walk and practical demonstration, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Weds 29th June 10.30-4pm Falconry Displays and Flying Demonstrations Falconry Displays and Flying Demonstrations. Meet the falconers and their wonderful birds of prey, audience-participation flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal entrance charges apply.

JULY
Sat 2nd 7pm Musical Evening, back by popular demand soprano and tenor duo ´DivaDivo´ will perform songs from well-known operas and stage musicals, £13.00 booking recommended as tickets limited.

Weds 6th 10am Head Gardener´s Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Tues 12th 1pm ‘All things Roses’ - a discussion and practical demonstration with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Thurs 21st 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Weds 27th July 10.30-5pm Falconry Displays and Flying Demonstrations. Meet the falconers and their wonderful birds of prey, audience-participation flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal entrance charges apply.

Fri 29th 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘History of Bodnant Garden’ £13.25 (inc coffee and biscuits) + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

AUGUST
Weds 3rd 10am Head Gardener´s Walk £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Mon-Sun 8th-14th Nature’s Treasure Hunt trail, collect your free trail guide from Visitor Reception. Normal entrance charges apply.

Fri 12th 7pm Illyria will perform an open-air production of Shakespeare´s ‘Twelfth Night’. Bring something to sit on and a picnic to enjoy this evening event, £13.00 booking required as tickets limited.

Weds 17th 1.30pm Chapterhouse Theatre´s outdoor performance of “Snow White” (1.5 hrs). A fun event for all the family, bring a rug or folding chair (food or picnics not permitted). Normal entrance charges apply.

Thurs 18th 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Sun 21st 10-4pm Plant Heritage´s Plant Fair in upper car park. Specialist nurseries offering rare or unusual plants.

Mon 29th 11-3pm A Tree with a View!! Enjoy spectacular views, and a rare photo opportunity, from your harness seat as you are raised approximately 60ft up our Pinus Radiata tree, before being gently lowered to the ground again. Cost tbc, normal entrance charges apply.

Mon 29th 11-3pm Croquet. Try you hand at croquet on the Front Lawn.

SEPTEMBER
Fri 2nd 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘Greener Gardening’ with a member or our gardening team, £13.25 (inc coffee and biscuits) + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Weds 7th 10am Head Gardeners Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Weds 7th 10.30-4pm Falconry Displays and Flying Demonstrations. Meet the falconers and their wonderful birds of prey, audience-participation flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal entrance charges apply.

Thurs 15th 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Tues 20th 7.15am Breakfast Walk with Deputy Head Gardener focussing on the beauty of the Garden in the early morning light. £16.50 inc Full Monty breakfast, booking required as places limited.

Fri 23rd 7pm Evening Lecture. Our lecturer will be Stephen Lacey, who is a well-known garden writer, designer, broadcaster, author and plantsman. £15 inc wine and cheese platter, booking required.

Tues 27th 1pm Jobs of the Season - The Terraces, join a member of our Garden Team for a discussion, walk and practical demonstration, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Fri 30th 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘Wild Bodnant’ learn what to plant to attract butterflies and insects. £13.25 + normal entrance charge, to include coffee and biscuits, booking required as places limited.

OCTOBER
Weds 5th 10am Head Gardener´s Walk £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Tues 11th 1pm Champion Tree Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Fri 14th 7pm Evening Lecture (speaker tbc), £15 inc wine and cheese platter, booking required.

Thurs 20th 1pm Garden Walk - Plants of Interest with a member of our gardening team, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Mon-Sun 24th-30th Snail Trail Week. Find the giant snails hiding in the Garden. Normal entrance charges apply.

Fri 28th 1pm Special Interest Walk ‘Fungus Foray’, how many varieties of fungus and mushrooms will you find? Learn all about them on this exciting tour led by specialist Nigel Brown. £18.00 (inc coffee and biscuits) + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

NOVEMBER
Weds 2nd 10am Head Gardener Walk, £10 + normal entrance charge, booking required as places limited.

Magnolias, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, summer colour, events

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News & Special Offers

Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK with interest and colour throughout the seasons.

We have an exciting and varied events programme during 2010, with Snowdrop Planting Day, family fun outdoor theatre afternoons, Opera and Shakespeare evenings, Lecture Evenings, guided Walks, Archery, Falconry Displays and much more. See our website website link for full details.

If you are planning your wedding, consider saying 'I do' in the beautiful Pin Mill surrounded by the beauty of the Garden. Civil ceremonies can take place on weekdays only between 11am and 1pm during the season (excluding May and early June). Contact us for details.

Entrance Charge

  • Adult £8.50,
  • Child £4.25.
  • Groups 15+ £7.40 (paid as collective total upon arrival)

Opening Times

Open 26th February to 31st October daily 10-5pm, 1st November to 13th November daily 10-4pm, Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing

Contact Details

Bodnant Garden

Ann Smith

Tal-y-Cafn Conwy LL28 5RE United Kingdom

Tel: 01492 650460

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