Met Eirlys in Llanrwst and we drove to Bodnant Garden, about seven miles away. It was a perfect day in late summer to visit these spectacular gardens — sunny and the perfect temperature. The garden was given by the McLaren (Aberconway) family to the National Trust in 1949. It is really a collection of smaller gardens, each one beautiful in its own way, within a larger garden. The terraced gardens near the house are formal and the ones further away are what Eirlys described as “managed wilderness”. A full-time staff of 21 gardeners, plus many volunteers and others keep the garden in showcase condition.
This peacock has only one display feather left. He’ll grow more by next spring when mating season comes around. I especially liked the crest on his head. A fascinating bird.
Built in 1792, Bodnant Hall was acquired by Henry Davis Pochin, who made a fortune in the 19th century as an industrial chemist. The Hall passed on to his daughter, Laura, the first Lady Aberconway, and has been in the family ever since.
In spring, the Laburnum arch is dripping with brilliant yellow flowers.
And yes, there are two waterlily pools, the Lily Terrace and the Canal Terrace.
The mausoleum was erected by Henry Pochin as the final resting place for himself and his family. No one knows why he called it The Poem, the name inscribed above this door.
We had a lovely day in the Garden; everything was perfect from the weather to lunch in the cafe (award-winning sausages, fresh local produce, mashed potatoes with leeks. No wonder Bodnant Garden was voted Britain’s favourite garden by readers of the Daily Telegraph.
And oh yes, did I mention we finished off our day with … coffee and cake!