Bodnant Garden

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Address and contact details
Tal-y-Cafn, Near Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE, Wales.
Tel: 01492 650460
Fax: 01492 650448
Web site:
Latitude: 53° 14' 1" N
Longitude: 3° 47' 5" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1874
Ownership:The National Trust
Umbrella organisation:National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, The National Trust
Head Gardener: Troy Scott-Smith
Plant Records Officer: Alison Clarke
Contact person: Troy Scott-Smith
Total Staff:20
Total Horticultural Staff:18
Physical environment
Altitude:0-200 ft
Soil type:Clay, acid
Aspect:South and west
Total area:32 ha
Weather recordsRecords are kept
Direction:South and west
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Tallest Sequoia sempervirens, 47 m, in the British Isles, plus 18 other record-breaking trees.
Special genera within the collections:
Rhododendron, Eucryphia, Magnolia, Camellia, Cornus, Hamamelis, Acer
Special collections:
Rhododendron from collectors in China,
Embothrium, NCCPG – 1 Species, 3 taxa.
Eucryphia, NCCPG – 5 Species, 10 Taxa.
Magnolia, NCCPG – 20 Species, 47 Taxa.
Rhododendron forrestii hybrids, NCCPG – 1 Genus, 55 Taxa.
Record Keeping:No records kept
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Research facilities:No
Publications:Guide book for visitors
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public
Teaching and Education:Taxonomic
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Tearoom, plant shop, bookshop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:175,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm mid-March to early November
Guiding principles behind the collection
The aim of the garden is to be a well-designed attraction and to provide conditions for an alternative and wide range of interesting trees and shrubs from all over the world. We only grow plants which we recognise as having good horticultural and botanical value and those that suit our climate. To maintain a high level of horticultural excellence and conservation.
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