The daffodils are out, the blossom is bursting…and we’re looking forward to a fabulous, floral Easter at Bodnant Garden.
Throughout April visitors can enjoy swathes of daffodils in the meadows – a sight not to be missed. The result of around a century of planting by generations of gardeners, they now stretch as far as the eye can see across acres of the Old Park, Chapel Park and Glades, and throughout the whole garden.
You can marvel at the garden’s National Collection of magnolias, some more than 100 years old, and the emerging array of rhododendrons for which Bodnant Garden is famous. Also coming into flower are scented viburnums and cherry blossom trees, while tulips and herbaceous plants are filling out beds and borders with colour.
There’s an extra treat for visitors this year too, who can be among the first to explore a new area of the garden – the Far End, ten acres of tranquil riverside haven which is opening on March 28, for the first time in the Bodnant’s 140-year history. Until now visitors have not been able to walk further than the famous Waterfall Bridge in The Dell but soon they can discover what lies beyond…waterside walks, a skating pond, boathouse and arboretum of Champion Trees.
Horticulturalist and broadcaster Christine Walkden is performing the official opening at a special day of celebration on Saturday, March 28, at 12 noon. There will also be harp music, Morris Dancing, coracle making and guided walks for visitors to enjoy on the opening day.
There will be a new refreshment kiosk in the Far End serving hot and cold snacks, plus seating and toilet facilities – you’ll be able to picnic in the new area too. 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 the neighbouring village of Eglwysbach are being invited to the garden free for the opening day – free entry tickets are available from the village shop.
The following weekend at Bodnant Garden it’s all about the chocolate! There will be a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail on Sunday and Monday (April 5 and 6) from 10am-3pm (£2 per child, no booking needed) plus art activities for youngsters in The Old Mill in The Dell.
On March 31, there’s a rare opportunity to look inside the Poem mausoleum, which is open on the last Tuesday of each month, starting this month.
The days are lengthening and lightening, the birds are singing, there are lovely spring displays and a whole new section of the garden open to the public so put Bodnant Garden on your list of things to do this Easter.