North Wales is well known for its gardens, mainly because there are so many, each totally unique and beautiful. From historic 18th century gardens, to modern day sanctuaries, the list of north Wales gardens could go on forever, so we have picked out 5 of the most beautiful.
Owned by the National Trust, Bodnant Garden is 80-acres of hillside complete with Italianate terraces, plants from around the world, remarkable trees and a number of waterfalls. Bodnant Garden was created over 150 years ago near Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy and today is a world-renowned garden, welcoming over 250,000 visitors annually. One reason why it’s so popular throughout the year could be down to the fact that it’s colourful and blooming all year round – there is even a designated ‘Winter Garden’.
The twentieth century Plas Brondanw Gardens was designed and owned by the famous British architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Sir Clough created the garden on the ground of his family home with a unique landscape inspired by the gardens of Renaissance Italy. Made up of many different compartments, the garden features stone walls, topiary, paths lined with trees, and not to mention an outstanding backdrop of the Snowdon Moutain Range. Sir Clough is perhaps most famously known for creating the Welsh village of Portmeirion, but it’s the garden of Plas Brondanw that is by far his most beautiful creation.
Plas Tan y Bwlch Gardens
Plas Tan y Bwlch Gardens is Snowdonia National Park’s Environmental Study Centre, where anyone with a love for the countryside can take part in courses to learn about this area of Wales. While the study centre is only open to those taking part in courses, the public can explore 13 acres of the stunning ornamental Victorian Gardens. Plas Tan y Bwlch Gardens is really quite varied, featuring formal terraces, a water garden, a Japanese garden, a 120-year-old rhododendorn tunnel, azalea walks, plus a wildlife garden.
Powis Castle Garden
Inspired by French and Italian styles, Powis Garden has been described as the nearest thing to a Tuscan renaissance garden in the British Isles. The garden is located on the grounds of the medieval Powis Castle. Amazingly, Powis Garden is one of the few true Baroque gardens to survive almost intact since the 18th century. This garden combines terraces, formal and informal gardens and it preserves its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces.
Erddig Walled Gardens
A haven of peace and nature, Erddig Walled Gardens are fully restored 18th-century gardens created by William Emes. Within the walled gardens, there are several different spaces, complete with grand lawns, avenues of pleached limes, Victorian parterre and most famously, the National Ivy Collection. In the largest space, there is even a wide canal which leads up to Erddig House. The grounds are spread over 1200 acres, including 3 walking trails. Visitors can also see inside Erddig House, a building with a long and interesting history.
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