The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden: A highlight of spring

A mum lifts up her two children to see the Laburnum Arch in flower at Bodnant Garden

One of the highlights of spring at Bodnant Garden is the flowering of our famous Laburnum Arch.

The 55 metre-long flowering feature was created by the garden’s Victorian founder Henry Pochin in 1880. He employed Edward Milner, apprentice to Joseph Paxton, to help design the formal garden around Bodnant Hall, including a Laburnum Arch based on pergola walkways of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is believed to be the longest and oldest in Britain.

More than 140 years later, the display of golden Laburnum flowers is the most visited, photographed and anticipated event of Bodnant Garden’s year, drawing around 50,000 visitors for three weeks at the end of May and beginning of June. In 2019, after a mild winter and Easter mini-heatwave, it has surprised us by flowering a little early!

The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden, created by Henry Pochin in 1880
The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden, created by Henry Pochin in 1880
The Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden, created by Henry Pochin in 1880

Another horticultural highlight of the garden at this time is the rhododendron collection, which dates back more than a century. It’s said there’s a rhododendron in flower every month of the year at Bodnant Garden, and they are at their peak in May.

Adding color to the palette is the scented blossom of viburnums, late flowering magnolias and many other shrubs and trees - including the famous ivory-petalled Handkerchief Tree and the flame-coloured Chilean Firebush - you can even see the first roses and water lilies beginning to open. Look out for Himalayan Blue Poppies and cerise Himalayan Primulas around the garden, as well as beds and borders bursting with late spring herbaceous displays. 

So you can make the most of the late spring spectacle, we’re open early from 9am in May and June. You can also stay until 8pm on Wednesday evenings from April to the end of September (and bring your dogs on #WagWednesdays, from 5pm-8pm).

Check Bodnant Garden Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular #LaburnumWatch updates on how the arch is doing...and share your visit with us at #BodnantLaburnumArch. 

" The Laburnum Arch is the jewel in the crown of our springtime at Bodnant Garden and something everybody should see at least once in a lifetime. We're all set, so watch this space!"
- William Greenwood, Property Manager at Bodnant Garden