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Bodnant Garden - the best in Wales

Generations of Bodnant owners have traveled the world bringing back rare species such as the giant redwood, Chilean flame tree, Himalayan blue poppy and the handkerchief tree; the world's largest simulated wave pool is nearby too!

Generations of Bodnant owners have traveled the world bringing back rare species such as the giant redwood, Chilean flame tree, Himalayan blue poppy and the handkerchief tree; the world's largest simulated wave pool is nearby too!

The garden has 42 UK Champion Trees which are either the tallest, oldest and/or have the largest girth of their species in the country; the Brits take their trees seriously with a database of 150,000  and competitive bragging rights

The garden has 42 UK Champion Trees which are either the tallest, oldest and/or have the largest girth of their species in the country; the Brits take their trees seriously with a database of 150,000+ and competitive bragging rights

Lee was getting tired of Britain's narrow roads that were more like driveways bordered by high hedges so that it required cooperation if a car was coming the other way; the hilly, winding roads further complicated driving

Lee was getting tired of Britain's narrow roads that were more like driveways bordered by high hedges so that it required cooperation if a car was coming the other way; the hilly, winding roads further complicated driving

I was surprised at how hard it was to find recycling bins; they do have lots of wind turbines though but few electric cars

I was surprised at how hard it was to find recycling bins; they do have lots of wind turbines though but few electric cars

Lee is in front of the family mausoleum called The Poem; Rick Steve's gave the garden his highest rating noting that it is famous for its magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses

Lee is in front of the family mausoleum called The Poem; Rick Steve's gave the garden his highest rating noting that it is famous for its magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses

Each generation of the family added new areas to the garden by developing previously virgin land that they already owned; several family members have led the Royal Horticultural Society, Britain's foremost gardening charity

Each generation of the family added new areas to the garden by developing previously virgin land that they already owned; several family members have led the Royal Horticultural Society, Britain's foremost gardening charity

The Old Mill; Bodnant Garden was the second in the UK acquired by the National Trust after Hidcote; the garden is only 6 miles south of Conwy, Wales

The Old Mill; Bodnant Garden was the second in the UK acquired by the National Trust after Hidcote; the garden is only 6 miles south of Conwy, Wales

One member of the family, Dr. Anne McLaren, became one of Britain's leading scientists pioneering techniques of reproductive biology which led to in vitro fertilization

One member of the family, Dr. Anne McLaren, became one of Britain's leading scientists pioneering techniques of reproductive biology which led to in vitro fertilization

In the UK it's easy to get loaded down with coins since the smallest bill is 5 pounds or about $6; as a result, most people seem to pay with a card but here it's usually contactless while with American cards we always have to sign

In the UK it's easy to get loaded down with coins since the smallest bill is 5 pounds or about $6; as a result, most people seem to pay with a card but here it's usually contactless while with American cards we always have to sign

Bodnant Garden is famous for its laburnum arch, the longest in the UK, which flowers in May and June; photos of it in bloom are spectacular

Bodnant Garden is famous for its laburnum arch, the longest in the UK, which flowers in May and June; photos of it in bloom are spectacular

Bodnant Garden was another sight I was able to get in for free since I joined Britain's National Trust; it has more than paid for itself already

Bodnant Garden was another sight I was able to get in for free since I joined Britain's National Trust; it has more than paid for itself already

The house at Bodnant Garden is still occupied by descendants of the same family that began the garden in the 1700s; even though the garden is managed by the National Trust the house owner is garden director

The house at Bodnant Garden is still occupied by descendants of the same family that began the garden in the 1700s; even though the garden is managed by the National Trust the house owner is garden director

There were plenty of tour buses here but most of the visitors were seniors who couldn't navigate the challenging terrain around most of the garden; they could enjoy the more formal plantings near the entrance

There were plenty of tour buses here but most of the visitors were seniors who couldn't navigate the challenging terrain around most of the garden; they could enjoy the more formal plantings near the entrance

The roses look OK from afar but they were past their prime; my Dad would have noticed what I thought was black spot on them too

The roses look OK from afar but they were past their prime; my Dad would have noticed what I thought was black spot on them too

The Pin Mill from the terraces; the garden spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate terraces and informal shrub borders stocked with plants from around the world

The Pin Mill from the terraces; the garden spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate terraces and informal shrub borders stocked with plants from around the world

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