With just over a week to go until the opening of The Far End it’s all hands to the pump. We had a big blitz day this week when gardeners, volunteers and office staff got together for a final push – mulching, gravelling and turfing the ten acres. Everyone was rewarded by luscious lemon cake at tea break and pizza at lunch time, provided by our very own Pietro from the Pavilion tearoom, enjoyed around the brazier in The Dell. There were even chocolatey prizes for the best team efforts.
Grass seed sowing (left) and gardeners Nathan and Fiona
Volunteers Joy and Karen
Property administrator Rose mucking in, left
Gravelling the new bridge path
Pulling his weight, new head gardener John, right
The massive Williams bed mid and after mulching
Gravelling before and after
Nathan and Dell supervisor Maxine, left
Gardener Paul and property manager William enjoy a paned
Looking tranquil in March sunshine, The Far End
It’s taken many years of renovation to get to this point, so don’t miss our big opening day, on Saturday, March 28.
Garden manager Michael McLaren from Bodnant’s donor family will be here to welcome visitors and the horticulturalist and broadcaster Christine Walkden will perform the official opening at 12 noon with a ribbon cutting on the new bridge.
We’ve got harp music at 11am and 1pm in the boathouse, Morris Dancing and coracle making through the day plus guided walks during the afternoon. There’s also a new refreshment kiosk serving hot and cold snacks, plus seating and toilet facilities, and special mini-buses will be running to take people from the garden’s main car park to the Far End during Saturday and Sunday of the opening weekend.
Residents of our neighbouring village of Eglwysbach are being invited to the garden free for the opening day – free entry tickets are available from the village shop.
It is the first time in Bodnant Garden’s 140-year history that The Far End has been open to the public so join us for a historic day!