Established in 1874 by scientist, businessman and politician Henry Pochin, he and his family filled the garden with plants collected by famous global explorers such as Ernest Wilson, George Forrest and Harold Comber.
Today it is home to exotic plants from the Blue Poppy of the Himalayas to the Fire Bush of the Andes, as well as five National Collections – of Magnolia, Embothrium, Eucryphia, Rhododendron forrestii and Bodnant Rhododendron Hybrids. It also boasts Wales’ largest collection of UK Champion Trees, which provide a year-round spectacle.
In spring, enjoy swathes of daffodils, camellias, magnolias, and rhododendrons; the heady sight and scent of roses, lily ponds, herbaceous beds and buzzing wildflower meadows in summer; a kaleidoscope of rich leaf colour in autumn; and sparkling, frosted landscapes in winter.
Dorothea quarry is a disused slate quarry near the village of Talysarn and contains three flooded lakes.
Lake Vyrnwy has a controversial history but is an ideal destination for anyone looking for some incredible scenery and picturesque walks!