Gardens - Wales
A delightful garden on the edge of Snowdonia with a
superb laburnum arch
Gardens are described as one of the most spectacular and
admired gardens in Britain with their laburnum walk,
so have a reputation to live up to. Not only did they live
up to the hype, they are even better than the pictures. The
spectacular Laburnum walk was at its peak in early June (it
had been a late spring in North Wales) and that alone would
have been worth the visit. One of the most popular seats in
the garden must be that at the start of the archway looking
down the length of the walk.
Bodnant Hall built in 1792 is the residence of Lord Aberconway and not open.
It is surrounded by the formal flower and water gardens. Around these is grassland with specimen trees and shrubs, especially azaleas and rhododendrons which had been carefully planted to provide colour and shape to the garden.
Steps drop down to the lily terrace with two splendid cedar trees at either end of the ornamental pond.
More steps lead down to the white pergola planted with climbing roses and herbaceous plants along the Canal, a large rectangle of water with the Pin Mill at one end.
The Pin Mill was built at Woodchester about 1770 as a garden house. Later it was used as a factory for many years before being re-erected here in 1937 by Lord Aberconway and his wife.
Informal gardens with trees and shrubs drop down to the river.
Beyond are the wilder gardens along the River Hiraethlyn with the Dell across the river.
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