Our group’s Dave Williams recently visited Bodnant Garden in Conwy, North Wales. Established in 1874, Bodnant is an 80-acre National Trust site. It boasts many unusual plants and trees, gathered from as far afield as the Andes and the Himalayas, including types discovered in the early twentieth century by explorers who were sponsored by the Garden’s original owners.
Bodnant Garden receives 190,000 visitors annually, but without doubt Dave would have been one of the more observant among them. The present author, Mark Conlon, is perhaps Stoke-on-Trent’s least able practitioner of the art of gardening; Dave, however, more than makes up for it with his evergrowing expertise in all matters horticultural. He reads studiously on the subject, and puts in a good deal of practical spadework with the local Growthpoint project. He is, I would venture to suggest, a validation of Thomas Jefferson’s claim that “Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens.”
Dave says the following of his visit: Here are some of the photos I took during the Growthpoint trip to Bodnant Garden. I thoroughly enjoyed the outing. It was particularly pleasant to sit next to a fountain in the Garden and listen to the natural sound of running water. On the way back we stopped off for an hour in Llandudno, making for a full day’s excursion.