We have lift off #BodnantLaburnumArch
All eyes have been on Bodnant Garden's famous Laburnum Arch for weeks. Recent topsy-turvy weather has slightly delayed the flowering, but it's out now and rewarding us with a golden June spectacle.
It's the dazzling peak of a magical season; a crescendo of colour, from exotic rhododendrons to native bluebells and a riot of blossom in between, all crowned by the show-stopping Laburnum Arch.
This year we're pulling out all the stops to make the experience even more memorable.We’re opening the garden gates early, and late, so visitors can make the most of the spring flower show.
We’re also offering breakfasts in the tearoom for early birds and have recruited a team of special volunteers, Laburnum Archers, to help with the floral spectacle, which attracts around 50,000 people over three weeks.
The 55 metre-long Laburnum Arch was created by the garden’s Victorian founder Henry Pochin in 1882. More than 140 years later, the display of golden flowers at the end of May and beginning of June is the most visited, photographed and anticipated event of Bodnant Garden’s year.
We put out an appeal this year for special volunteers to assist with the crowd-pulling spectacle. Our Laburnum Archers, dressed in yellow, will direct visitors, answer queries, take photographs and help make the experience fun, friendly and enjoyable for all.
Early and late doors
To give everyone extended access to the garden, opening times have been extended from 9am in May and June and stay until 8pm on Wednesday evenings. Our Wednesday evening openings will continue from May to the end of August. Dogs are welcome too on Wag Wednesdays, from 5pm-8pm.
And fueling all those hungry and thirsty visitors will be our award-winning Pavilion tearoom, which has recently undergone a makeover by staff and volunteers and will be providing breakfasts from 9am throughout May and June.
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, but they are at their peak in May.
Adding color to the palette is the blossom of viburnums, late flowering magnolias and many other shrubs and trees - including the famous white-petalled Handkerchief Tree and the flame-coloured Chilean Firebush. Herbaceous plants fill beds and borders and you can even see the first roses and water lilies beginning to open.
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" For me, the Laburnum Arch is the icing on our spring cake at Bodnant Garden and something that everybody should see at least once. We're all set, so watch this space!"