The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden

The golden flowers of the Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden

The crowning glory of spring has arrived at Bodnant Garden, with the blossoming of Laburnum Arch.

The Arch is a pergola walkway of golden flowers which glow for three weeks in late May and early June. At nearly140-years-old, it's believed to be the oldest and longest flowering arch in the UK and provides a dazzling finale to our season. 

Spring is a special time at Bodnant Garden and opens with swathes of golden daffodils which fill the Old Park meadow around Easter time. As daffodils give way to carpets of bluebells in May, enjoy the spectacle of acres of cherry blossom and the scent of other flowering trees and shrubs throughout the garden; as well as herbaceous beds bursting with tulips, iris, and flowering perennials. 

Our National Collections of magnolias and rhododendrons light up the garden with dazzling colour from March to June too. Many of these were brought to Bodnant by famous plant hunters at the turn of the 1900s. The garden is especially famous for its Asian rhododendrons, including unique hybrids bred at the garden from the 1920s. It’s said there's a rhododendron in bloom every month of the year here, even in winter, but they reach a peak in spring.

New garden areas

This year you can also watch newly created beds coming to life; the Himalayan Poppy Bed near the terraces, the exotic Bath garden and Vanessa Beds near the Front Lawn, and the Canal Terrace borders where a new herbaceous scheme is being developed. A special event for 2017 is the opening of Furnace Wood and Meadow - 20 acres of hillside garden beyond the Dell which welcomes visitors from April 11. 

Enjoy the spring garden with our special guided walks and talks and explore the history of the beautiful Poem mausoleum, which is open on the last Tuesday of the month.

The garden is open early, from 9am, throughout May and June, and late on Wednesday evenings (until 8pm) to give you more time to experience the fabulous late spring show. Breakfasts are served at the Pavilion tearoom, from 9am, for early birds. Dogs are also welcome on Wednesday evenings from May, through to September.

And as for that Laburnum Arch...keep a watch on our website and social media sites for regular updates through May. After a mild winter it may flower a little earlier in 2017, but we'll let everyone updated about how it's coming along. You can also check our events section here for further details of Easter and spring time at Bodnant Garden.