The roses are out at Bodnant Garden and giving their best display in living memory – crowning seven years of dedicated work to create one of the finest rose gardens in Wales.
Our two rose terraces have been completely redesigned and the hard work is paying off this year with a spectacular display of around 1,500 plants – that’s around 30,000 flowers, at least!
Acting head gardener Adam Salvin says: “Developing the rose beds has been a top priority in recent years and has taken a lot of time, skill and dedication by our gardeners. It’s finally paying off this year and I’m proud to say we now have one of the finest rose gardens in Wales.
“The sunny weather has been perfect too as the roses haven’t been battered by rain. The next couple of weeks is the time to see the first flush at its best.”
The rose terraces of Bodnant Garden were originally created in the early 1900s and over the years had become tired and in need of rejuvenation. The Top Rose Terrace was renovated in 2006 and the Lower Rose Terrace last year. Gardeners had to dig out and replace around 500 tonnes of soil from both terraces. Paths were re-laid and pergolas repainted.
The Lower Rose Terrace, renovated just last year
The beds were then planted with fragrant English Roses (many from the award winning David Austin collection) which provide flushes in July and August but a continuous display from June to October…some even going on until November.
There are now at least 1,500 plants on the Terrace beds as well as hundreds of climbing roses clambering across the garden’s walls and pergolas. Adam says: “The roses spreading their way across the pergolas are already giving a fantastic display and could well be our Laburnum Arch of the future!
“None of the gardeners here can remember the roses ever looking this good and from here on it’s going to get better each year.”
The Top Rose Terrace
Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, Rosa ‘Pretty Lady’ and Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’