Bodnant Garden in winter

The Winter Garden at Bodnant Garden

A great garden offers something to enjoy during every season and at Bodnant you'll find surprise and delight for all the senses, even in winter.

Whether you need an escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, or a burst of activity and fresh air as you stride out into a New Year, we have 80 acres of landscape in which you can wander taking in formal gardens, woodland and meadow, and panoramic mountain views.  

The jewel in the crown is our Winter Garden. Four years in the planning and two years in the making, the Winter Garden opened in New Year 2012 and has matured into a richly colourful display of foliage, flower, bark and scent. Once a neglected Edwardian rockery, the renovated garden makes the most of the winter light, which at midday shines from the south across the Old Park backlighting the plants. 

Colourful planting

Existing mature trees were retained to give structure to the planting scheme, as were many of the old shrubs such as rhododendrons, garrya, camellia and the stunningly gnarled old Acer palmatum. Other taller structural plants were added such as the white birches Betula utlis and the silky red cherry Prunus serrula.

Forming the middle level are shrubs such as hamamelis, daphne and sarcococca for scent, viburnum and camellia for flower, cornus and rubus for stems and skimmia for berries. Beneath this a layer of small shrubs and herbaceous plants include red leaved bergenia and pittosporum, arching grasses and ferns, heathers and hellebores, with a colourful underplanting of bulbs such as snowdrops, iris, cyclamen and crocus.

Located in the upper garden, the Winter Garden is flat, level and accessible to all. If you'd like a longer winter walk, follow the streamside paths down to the Dell and the Old Mill where you can warm up with refreshments around a roaring brazier at winter weekends. From here, walk upstream to see the famous waterfall bridge in full flow, underneath the canopy of towering evergreen trees, and onwards to the beautiful lakeside at the Far End. Or if you're feeling really energetic walk on up the hillside to Furnace Wood, from where you'll get a panoramic view of the Conwy Valley. 

For more information pick up a Winter Garden leaflet at the Welcome Centre when you arrive, or see our website for more information about winter walks and events at Bodnant Garden. Wrap up and enjoy...

A waterfall in winter surrounded by trees

A winter garden in Wales

Join us on a crisp winter stroll at Bodnant Garden. You’ll encounter dramatic waterfalls and romantic dells, towering trees and exotic rhododendrons – all set before a backdrop of snow-dusted mountains. Hear about Henry Pochin who created Bodnant 150 years ago, and meet the gardeners who continue his legacy today.

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