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Bodnant Garden shortlisted for Garden of the Year

Bodnant Garden shortlisted for Garden of the Year

Bodnant Garden © Joe Wainwright
Bodnant Garden © Joe Wainwright


Bodnant Garden is flying the flag for Wales as a finalist in the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. The National Trust garden near Conwy is one of five contenders for the title Garden of the Year.

Bodnant is in the fine company of four other UK garden finalists and is proud to be representing Wales in the competition.

The competition invites people to pick their favourites from ten categories, from national parks to country pubs. Among the other Wales finalists are Snowdonia (National Park of the Year) Pembrokeshire Coast (Holiday Destination of the Year) Newborough (Beach of the Year) and Castell Dinas Bran (Landmark of the Year).

Bodnant Garden is on course to welcome a record-breaking quarter of a million visitors this year, the first time in its 140-year history. In the last few years it has opened almost 40 acres to the public. The garden has also extended its welcome with access for dog walkers, early morning and evening openings, and a year-round events programme for adults and families.


William Greenwood says: “Bodnant Garden has always been a great garden, but now there’s more of it for people to enjoy and something for all tastes, whether that’s admiring formal beds and borders, strolling in the meadows taking photos of wildlife, or den building in the woods with the children".


Gifted to the National Trust in 1949, Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK situated above the River Conwy, looking towards the Snowdonia range. Its 80 acres include Italianate hillside terraces, spanning out to informal meadows and glades, leading down to dells and water gardens in the valley.  It is noted for its botanical plant collections including 5 National Collections - Embothriums, Eucryphias, Magnolias, Rhododendron forrestii and Bodnant Hybrid Rhododendrons; and also for the 180-foot long Laburnum Arch which flowers in late May. If visiting to see the Laburnum Arch and spring displays, the garden is open early in May and June, from 9am, and late on Wednesday evenings to 8pm.


Group information

• Group entry rate for 2018 is £12.50 (per person to groups of 15 or more)
• National Trust members are admitted free of charge with a valid membership card as are some Royal Horticultural Society members (individual members or lead members.)
• The tour guide/courier and driver admitted free of charge.
• There is coach parking for groups and guided tours are available – group bookings essential on 01492 650460.


For more information visit the National Trust - Bodnant Garden website


Published 13 February 2018


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