When you decide to join the National Trust you really want to maximise your membership and you try to visit as many places as possible within a year ! That’s what we did ! During a weekend in Wales, we decided to visit a few national trust places over there, including this incredible garden.
Bodnant Garden is located in North Wales, close to Betws-y-coed which was our base to explore Snowdonia national park.
The garden was established in 1874 by Henry Pochin. He and his family filled the garden with plants brought back from all over the world by famous 19th and early 20th century explorers. There is a magnificent collection of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias, gathered from many different countries. It was not the right season to see them unfortunately, but the leaves were starting to display a lovely colour, which was a nice surprise ! It would be really good to visit it at different time of the year to witness the effect of the changing seasons on the garden.
The gardens are well maintained with all the plants, shrubs and trees marked well. There are so many areas in the garden that it’s difficult to visit it in a few hours, especially when the weather is not at its best but you could easily spend half a day there, under a bright blue sky. We spent most of the time close to the garden around Bodnant Hall that consists of terraced gardens and informal lawns with various flowers beds.
We briefly visited the arboretum but the weather was beginning to get really bad and we had cut short our visit.
As it started to rain, we decided to take back the car. As we were driving, we spotted this lovely cottage and decided to stop for some cakes and a coffee !