A season of new beginnings at Bodnant Garden

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Signs of spring are all around. Daffodils are out in the meadows, glades and woods, and in the formal garden bulbs are carpeting beds and borders with bright bursts of colour; iris, crocus, scilla and even the first tulips. Hellebores are everywhere, and the early herbaceous perennials such as blue pulmonaria and yellow primrose are lighting up shady spots under trees.

Evergreen camellias have been in flower for some weeks and other spring shrubs are now following their lead; early rhododendrons are an especially welcome sight and a promise of things to come. Take a walk at Bodnant Garden this Easter time and experience the joys of spring – here are just some of the sights you can enjoy right now:

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Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ and Heleborus x hybridus ‘Ashwood Garden Hybrids’

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Rhododendron cilpinense and Rhododenron ‘Praecox’

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Corylopsis glabrescens and early native primroses

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Viburnum carlesii ‘Juddii’ and Pieris japonica

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Chaenomeles japonica

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Perfect place for a picnic – teddies optional

  If you’re heading to Bodnant Garden this Easter holidays don’t forget the picnic blanket because, by popular demand, we’re now open to al fresco dining for the first time.

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  Gardeners testing out the picnic spot in The Old Park… with their Easter eggs (any excuse for chocolate)

  We’ve got four perfect picnic spots already picked out. Visitors can head for the Old Park and spread out their blankets in the meadow among wildflowers, grasses and butterflies; the newly opened Yew Dell with its tree canopy, stream, pools and log seating; The Dell with its famous waterfall, green lawns and giant trees (with the added bonus of a nearby café in summer and log fire in winter); or the grassy glades of Chapel Park.

  If you don’t want to walk that far there are already picnic areas among the trees in the car park with benches and views towards the garden. Or for more traditional dining there is also the Pavilion restaurant in the car park, the Magnolia tearoom close to reception and a refreshment kiosk in The Dell.  

  Property mananger William Greenwood says: “It’s a new venture and we will be trialling it this season to see how it goes, but I’m sure it will be welcome by many, many of our visitors. All we ask is not to picnic on the terraces or formal lawns to help maintain the views, peace and tranquillity for everyone, but instead try one of our favourite spots.”

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Picnic in the grassy glades of Chapel Park overlooking The Poem

  Allowing picnics into Bodnant Garden is another step towards making the garden more enjoyable for everyone. In the last year opening hours have been extended (now open all year), new areas have been opened up, including the Old Park and Yew Dell, and there are plans to open more in the coming years.

  Added to that, by popular request a new refreshment stop has been added in The Dell and a new toilet block near the garden centre. Bodnant Garden is also organising more family events and special interest activities and recently launched a dogs-welcome policy at certain times of the year.

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Picnic under the canopy of giant conifers in The Dell (above) or try out the log seating in the Yew Dell (below)

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   The popular Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail will be running again this Easter, on Easter Sunday and Monday. There are also a host of activities for families and adults. For full details contact the garden office on 01492 650460 or see the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnantgarden