Visit us in the Summer and you can discover a veritable cornucopia of gardens in full bloom.
Although England is perhaps more famed for its prettily manicured gardens, there are a number of country homes, both private and public, that are open during the summer to visitors right here in North Wales.
You don’t have to be an avid horticulturist to appreciate the hard work and artistry that has gone into transforming these greens spaces, many of which have been put under threat by either closure or the invasion of damaging foreign plants such as hog weed or Japanese knotweed.
Recently, researchers from nearby Swansea university have conducted a survey into the regenerative properties of knotweed and have reported that only through the correct application of herbicides at the right time of year can this herbaceous plant be properly tackled, something I’m sure many of the gardens on this list will know only too well – thankfully, Knotweed Help is on hand for those in need.
Take a look at our top picks of North Wale gardens (and make sure to report any sightings of suspicious looking plants to the staff there):
One of a handful of properties owned by the National Trust in Wales, this garden was founded in 1874 and cared for by no fewer than five generations of the McLaren family who maintain an active role in the care and development of the garden to this day. Over the course of over 140 years, the gardens are a perfect example of British garden culture featuring traditional English garden structures as well as terraces, influenced by the family’s travels overseas.
Where? Near Colwyn Bay, Conwy How much? Adults for £14.60, children for £6.60
Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
The story of the Hidden Gardens at Plas Cadnant is an interesting one. Like many country estates, despite its beauty and heritage, the sheer size and scale of the grounds made it a huge challenge for a single owner to run, especially during the financial hardships of the post-war era.
Although the development of the gardens was begun in 1804, by 1928 the estate was split up and sold off to disparate owners. By 1996, however, the present owner decided to restore the estate and gardens that had brought the Victorians and Edwardians so much joy in the past.
Where? Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey How much? Adults for £7.50, children for £2.00 and families for £18.00
Don’t be distracted by the stunning 15th Century home at Nantclwyd-y-Dre, although it makes for an interesting visit it’s the gardens that are the main attraction here. Featuring a nuttery and rose pergola, this garden is perfect for any budding horticulturists who feel up to the task of spotting a few rare breeds. If your knowledge isn’t quite up to snuff then make sure to collar one of the attendants as many of the plants there have medicinal or herbal uses. With unique views over the nearby town of Ruthin and the castle, this is a must-visit if you’re in the area.
Where? Castle Street, Ruthin How much? Adults for £5.00, seniors for £4.00, children £4.00