Bodnant Gardens, North Wales: climbing the camelia and rhododendron mountain

There is one reason above all to visit Bodnant and one time above all to go: late April to mid-May when the camelias and rhododendrons are out.

It is rare I don’t want to say anything about a garden (the Victorian house here isn’t open to the public), but Bodnant is one of those gardens that if you can make it up its steep paths, you too will agree that the plants alone do the talking.

Bodnant is in a steep valley, with a river in the bottom.  Man (the Victorians) have tamed this landscape and all those wonderous plants that were coming into England during the plant discovery frenzy at the end of the 19th century are on show here.

There is an Italian garden here too, which the National Trust are currently improving.

Can you see the blue in that water?

When visited: April 2012

Garden * out of 5: ****

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

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