Everything you needed to know about our new Winter Garden (and weren’t afraid to ask)


The opening of our new Winter Garden is now just days away. To ensure you’re fully prepared, one of our gardening team, David Green, answers those frequently asked questions…

1 Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Beauty'

When is the Winter Garden open?

The Winter Garden is open from 27th December 2012 to 28th February 2013, 11 am – 3 pm.

 What is there to see?

The new Winter Garden contains a wide variety of winter flowering plants and sculptural and colourful shrubs. We are also opening a Winter Walk around the garden which will take in various points of winter interest. Obviously, as with high winds during summer months, severe winter weather conditions may mean that parts of the walk are restricted for safety reasons. The Bodnant Garden Centre, Craft Units and Pavilion Café will also be open.

What will be in flower?

Although some plants may be flowering, such as Hellebores and Viburnum, visiting a garden in winter is a more subtle experience than in the height of summer. However, there is plenty of interest and beauty to be found whether in the outlines of the deciduous trees, views that are not visible through the leaves in summer months, and of course, the stunning backdrop of mountains which is often dusted with snow. The light from a low winter sun gives an atmosphere not found at other times of the year, especially when diffused through a light morning mist.

We’ve also produced a Winter Garden Plant List priced at just 50p to give you the inspiration and information you need to add winter interest to your own garden. Plants are grouped by type with details of what they have to offer during the winter months from flowers and scent to colourful berries or bark.

Will there be any activities for children?

As well as the Adventure Trail playground there will also be Snowman Trail to entertain younger children… How many snowmen can you find hiding amongst the plants?

Is the garden suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs?

A route for wheelchairs is signposted around the garden throughout the year. The Winter Garden is located not too far from the garden entrance and is easily accessible. Please note that as the garden is located on the side of a valley, some parts of the Winter Walk will include some steeper sections of path.

What should I wear?

We’ll be working hard to ensure that paths are cleared and there will be a brazier burning in the Dell for you to warm your hands on, but please wear sensible shoes and appropriate clothing – it is winter after all!

Can I bring my dog?

Historically, dogs have not been allowed in the garden, but we are holding three ‘Dog Days’ on Tuesday 15th January, Tuesday 12th February and Tuesday 12th March. This is part of a trial to make Bodnant Garden more accessible to dog owners. Dogs get in for free and even get a free dog biscuit!

Where can I find out more information?

In case of severe weather you may wish to contact us on the day of your visit to confirm that the Winter Garden and Winter Walk are open, especially if you are travelling a long distance. You can also find out more information on our website or by calling 01492 650460 (office hours Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm).


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