Celebrating a quarter of a million welcomes
It's official - Bodnant Garden has welcomed a landmark 250,000 visitors this year (March 2017-February 2018), for the first time in our 140-year-plus history.
Staff and volunteers downed tools for cake and bubbly to mark the occasion. William Greenwood, Bodnant Garden property manager, says: ““Wow, I can’t believe it. A quarter of a million visitors – and counting – in a single year. We’ve said ‘Hello’ and ‘Bore da’ 250,000 times!
“It crowns an amazing February for the garden - on top of hosting BBC Gardeners’ Question Time and being nominated for Best Garden in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 – what a fantastic way to end the year, and to start the spring season 2018.”
Bodnant, a Grade I listed garden world-renowned for its historic plant collection, has been developed since 1874 by the Pochin-McLaren family, in conjunction with the National Trust since 1949. Visitor numbers have been rising steadily since 2013 with a series of major garden renovation projects and the opening of new areas.
William Greenwood says: “Bodnant has always been a great garden, a horticultural gem, but we’ve now got so much more to offer visitors - with all-year-round opening, 40 new acres to explore and a growing events programme for all tastes whether it’s holidaying families, weekend dog walkers and the serious garden lovers.
“It’s is a fantastic achievement to welcome a quarter of a million visitors in a single year. It’s all down to the hard work and dedication of every single member of the Bodnant Garden team, staff and volunteers, who've contributed to getting us to where we are today.”
It has been a great month for the garden. We recently hosted the popular BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time, which is broadcast on Friday, February 26 at 3pm and repeated on Sunday, February 28th at 2pm.
We're also proud to be flying the flag for Wales in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 - the only Welsh garden in the final - along with Coleton Fishacre National Trust in Devon and Mount Stewart National Trust in County Down. Wales finalists in other categories include Snowdonia (National Park of the Year) Pembrokeshire Coast (Holiday Destination of the Year) Newborough (Beach of the Year) and Castell Dinas Bran (Landmark of the Year). The public can vote until March 5 at www.countryfile.com/category/tag-cloud/bbc-countryfile-magazine-awards
William Greenwood says: “A huge Thank You and Diolch yn fawr to everyone who has visited Bodnant Garden this year. Every visit and every penny that comes through the gates goes towards keeping Bodnant Garden the beautiful and welcoming place it is, for everyone.
"And if there’s anyone out there who hasn’t visited Bodnant Garden yet, now’s the time to come! Spring is in the air and our famous floral displays will soon be bursting out.”