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  • Photo of Bodnant
  • Photo of Bodnant
  • Photo of Bodnant
  • Photo of Bodnant
  • Photo of Bodnant
  • Photo of Bodnant
  • Photo of Bodnant
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Photo by Donna Dawson
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What a way to start a day…I had seen it before on my tours but that was a while ago and how things had changed. A brand new guest reception entrance greets you now. Long beds still full of perennials in bloom and the roses were incredible. I can still smell them. The vistas here are so grandiose with the hills and valley beyond completing this perfection. There are really two parts to this garden, the higher part being around the house and consisting of terraced lawns, trees and roses close to the house, where they can be enjoyed for their scent.

The lower portion known as the Dell, is formed by the valley and contains not only the wild garden but a beautiful lily terrace, canal terrace and at the end of that the Pin Mill which looks out onto the canal terrace and is a lovely spot to sit and watch the birds and water lilies. There is a lot more here but this is all we had time for. Bodnant Garden was only the second garden without a house given to the National Trust (Hidcote was the first). It was donated in 1949 by Henry McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway, and is still managed today by his descendants. The house is not open to the public.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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“Bodnant Gardens”

Here is the classic flower garden of an ancestral family home. This 80 acre garden planted by the Aberconway family falls broadly into two parts, a formal terrace garden and The Dell, a spring woodland garden. It has abundant running water and a backgrou… Read more...

Written by  Tony Sissons.

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