Dazzling autumn displays at Bodnant Garden

A colourful border of late summer flowers in bloom at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden is a firework display of crimson, amber and gold in autumn, as the glowing leaves of trees and shrubs, ripening fruit and berries and late flowering plants put on a show to rival the brightest colours of summer.

The garden is home to trees from around the world and they are at their finest at this time of year. Among the historic collection are many UK Champion Trees - the biggest and best of their kind in Britain – including rare exotics collected by plant hunters more than a century ago along with other beautiful native trees. Take a walk in The Glades where you can enjoy the Japanese acers and be awestruck by the towering American conifers in the Dell and Far End.

In the formal gardens on The Terraces roses are still in bloom and herbaceous beds are bursting with late flowering asters, sedums and dahlias in all colours of the rainbow. In The Dell swathes of azure hydrangeas are transforming daily as they age and throughout the shrub borders of The Glades plants are laden with berries and fruits.

Leaf, flower, fruit and scent

Look out for the weirdest fruit of the garden, the blue seed pods of Decaisnea fargesii (Dead Man’s Fingers), along with the giant 'raspberries' of Cornus kousa and the pink and orange hooded berries of Euonymus europaeus. 

If the candyfloss scent of Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree) gives you an appetite there are refreshments on offer in the Pavilion and Magnolia tearooms at the top of the garden and from our kiosks in The Dell and Far End – enjoy your hot drink in the cosy Old Mill or around the brazier in The Dell, or al fresco in the picnic area in the Far End (check our opening times for full details.)

There’s something to see and do for all the family throughout autumn, from guided walks with a gardener exploring Bodnant Garden’s Champion Trees, autumn colour, history and wildlife, to a host of nature-inspired activities for youngsters during half term week and at weekends.

The Old Park meadow at Bodnant Garden.
View across the Old Park meadow at Bodnant Garden to autumn trees and mountains beyond
The Old Park meadow at Bodnant Garden.