The garden is in two parts. The upper part around the house consists of the Terrace Gardens as well as informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as ‘The Dell’, is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn, a tributary of the Conwy, and contains the Pinetum and Wild Garden.
In March and April masses of daffodils and other spring bulbs make a colourful display. Pride of place amongst the shrubs is held by rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camellias, which are in bloom throughout spring. The famous Laburnum Arch and the Chilean Fire Bush (Embothrium lanceolatum ‘Norquinco’) provide a mass of colour and are also at their best in spring.
In summer, water lilies break the reflections of the Pin Mill in the canal, whilst roses and herbaceous borders decorate the terrace gardens. As The Dell, with its steep informal pathways, is most interesting, come prepared to do some exploring here.
Bodnant has National Collections of Rhododendron forrestii, magnolia, eucryphia and embothrium.