It's not only the wonderful and at times breathtaking landscapes that distinguishes North Wales’ gardens from others in the UK but also the region’s unique climate that enables you to see many plants you won’t see anywhere else in Britain.
Here are our favourite Gardens to walk round:
The world famous Bodnant Garden spans over 80 acres above the River Conwy with views towards the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Described as one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, the Garden has two parts so you can walk around the upper garden which takes in Bodnant Hall with grand flower-filled terraces and informal and sweeping lawns or down to the Dell with a steep wooded valley, streams and awe-inspiring dells of water gardens. Bodnant is renowned for its famous 180ft long Laburnum Arch which flowers in late May and early June, Blue Poppies from the Himalayas, the Fire Bush of the Andes, its magnificent throngs of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and Wales’ largest collection of UK Champion Trees.
Penrhyn Castle at Bangor boasts a Walter Speed Walled Garden, fuschia walkways, woodland walks and ongoing restoration of Lady Sybil’s Water Garden; and Plas Newydd on Anglesey which sits majestically on the shores of the Menai Strait has an Australasian arboretum, an Italianate terraced garden and extensive woodland walks plus an adventure playground, treehouse and Frisbee golf to keep the little visitors entertained! Anglesey is also home to Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens which is a restored two acre formal Walled Garden with pool, Valley Gardens and woodland with an abundance of red squirrels.
For more sedate walks we recommend the two CADW listed gardens on the Great Orme. Haulfre Gardens are the remains of terraced gardens designed by the founder of Bodnant Garden, with a network of paths that lead from Llandudno’s North Shore into the well paved “invalid walk” public footpath to West Shore. Happy Valley Gardens is also on the side of the Great Orme with meandering paths crossing between the small pools, shrubs, flowers and trees of the more formal gardens which are surrounded by the woods and grassland of the headland.
Tomorrow we will be covering walks in and around Llandudno.