Roses at Bodnant Garden
Everything's coming up roses at Bodnant Garden. Experience the intoxicating sights, scents and sounds of our famous Italianate terraces this summer, which are now blossoming better than ever thanks to several years of conservation work – and visitors’ help.
Our terraces were designed at the turn of the 1900s by Henry McLaren in the new Arts and Crafts style. Five levels were carved out of the grassy hillside sloping west from Bodnant Hall with great buttress walls built to shelter 'exotic' plants being introduced from abroad, such as Chinese magnolias.
Henry created two rose gardens, upper and lower, linked by ornamental pools and pergola walkways all draped in flowering climbers. In later years he added classical adornments such as stone sphinxes and statues and the 18th century fountain on the Croquet Terrace. Most famously, in 1938 he added the 18th century Pin Mill building to the Canal Terrace - saving it from ruin and moving it, brick-by-brick, from its Gloucestershire home to Bodnant Garden.
After a century, the terraces have been enjoying some TLC by our garden team. The Top Rose Terrace was renovated in 2006 and the Lower Rose Terrace in 2012, beds planted with fragrant English Roses, many from the award winning David Austin collection, which provide a continuous display from July to October. New beds have been created too - the White Garden and Himalayan Poppy Beds - and a new design for the Canal Terrace borders will complete the make-over this year.
In 2013 the Pin Mill itself underwent extensive repair work to the exterior, which will be completed this year by the redecoration and opening of the upper floor – from where you'll get a new bird’s eye view across the garden.
Ongoing support from visitors and members has played a vital part in all of this conservation work and continues to do so – this year swelling our appeal to replace the ageing Croquet Terrace Fountain, which will be the final jewel in the crown of Bodnant Garden’s Terraces.
As our work to polish the formal gardens nears fruition you can enjoy it all with an extended programme of early morning openings in May and June, late Wednesday evenings throughout summer, and Sunday afternoons of open-air music. See our events page for more details.