Bodnant Gardens is a very important visitor attraction in North Wales – renowned for it’s 80 acre stunning gardens containing many rare species collected on global expeditions more than a century ago. In 2014 the Head Gardener decided to add a brand new feature and replace a long standing formal herbaceous bed with a beautiful annual Pictorial Meadow. The result was a stunning addition to the gardens which visitors loved and also created much favourable PR in the media for Bodnant Gardens.
In the press
Bodnant is famous for its beautiful roses, water lilies and perfect beds, borders and lawns – very formal – but in 2014 they decided to introduce a Pictorial Meadow on to the Italianate terraces.
The Pictorial Meadow border, next to the grand, listed old Pin Mill building in the National Trust garden was made using Pictorial Meadows Pastel annual meadow mix and has been proven to be a huge success with visitors.
Head gardener John Rippin stated: “It’s something people don’t expect to see in a formal garden but visitors have absolutely loved it and are already asking us to do it again next year. The bees and butterflies are loving it too!”
One of the gardeners who created the display, Ros said: “You only have to sow a tiny amount of seed per square metre and it’s quite hard to get an even spread. I was on tenterhooks waiting to see if they would take but the display has been amazing and exceeded all our expectations. The bed has been absolutely full of flowers and is teeming with wildlife”.
“You can see the display changing as the time goes on and different flowers come out. Visitors have loved it. It would be great to do the same again next year here or elsewhere in the garden where there is empty space. We could make it an annual event.”