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Our new Calvary garden opens on Friday 7 April - just a week before Good Friday. Church members of all denominations locally will make the traditional way of the cross at 11.30am followed by a simple Lenten lunch with donations invited for Aid to the Church in Need, which helps poor and persecuted Christians worldwide
The new garden has fourteen stations, marked by birch plaques or hand-crafted tableaux. Each of them has plants chosen to highlight Christ’s journey to Calvary.

Planting at the Way of the Cross starts with a Judas tree. Then comes a mixed group of thorn bushes for the crown, while the dropped petals from camellias mark the three times Jesus falls while carrying the cross. A weeping willow stands by the station
where Christ meets the women of Jerusalem and the red berries of butcher’s broom mark the nailing to the cross.
In early summer, blue ceanothus will represent the garments on the ground and white hydrangea will follow on to highlight scenes that include the Virgin Mary.
There is no charge for entry on April 7 but if you would like to stay for the lunch, please let us know numbers ahead on 01341 241777 or via
The gardens are open to the public from 2pm to 5pm on the Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of the Festival of Gardens North Wales (27 May to 11 June this year). And group visits can be booked from April to September via our website,

Pictures, clockwise from top left: The cross at Station XII; Pilate's judgement seat at Station I faces two ways; the moss-covered tomb at the final station XIV; four feet mark Station V, Simon of Cyrene helps carry the cross.

Plas Tan y Bwlch study group see autumn glory

A group of visitors based at the Plas Tan y Bwlch study centre found lots of colour when they visited the Gardens of Aber Artro Hall. They were studying the gardens of North Wales and told us they were delighted with the variety, colour and structure of the gardens here.

Among the plants they saw were the Acer "Bloodgood" in the round-the-world border and hibiscus still in flower in the Italian courtyard Garden. The saw the sorbus walk full of berries of different colours and found the David Austin English rose "Golden Celebration" still very much with us in the William Morris Rose Garden. Note the red bare stems of the willow boughs - one of six William Morris wallpaper plants featured in this garden.

We are open to the public for the
Festival of Garden North Wales in 2017
(28 May to 11 June)
on the Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Our gardens are normally open only for pre-booked group visits. But we are open to the public during the 2017 Festival of Gardens North Wales. Opening times are 2pm to 5pm and we will be here to welcome you on the Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 28 May and 11 June. Admission is £6, with children free. Dogs welcome on leash.


A host of early daffodils March 11, 2016

With Easter being a movable feast, our new Way of the Cross woodland walk presented planting problems when seeking Lenten colour. One way around this was deliberately to plant early, mid and late daffodils to give a good spread from February to April.
Where the hebe reddens March 11, 2016

The bright new growth of Hebe 'Red Edge" tells us that Spring is here.
This hebe is very easy to propagate from cuttings and we love it.
Hellebores red... March 11, 2016

High impact from this deep red hellebore

...and hellebores white March 11, 2016

This white one just spreads and spreads
. We will be splitting the clumps this spring and planting the divisions along the Way of the Cross. Some people call the helleborus the Christmas rose and others call it the Lenten rose. The latter name is most appropriate for our garden although this mild winter we did see flowers at Christmas.

Photinia Red Robin - another
harbinger of spring March 11, 2016

Photinia × fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is part of our winter border. The new red-tinted leaves are a sure sign that spring is on its way. A six-inch trim the year before gives plenty of new growth.
The camellia that didn't
want to flower March 11, 2016
This white Camellia was reluctant to flower in its dark corner of the winter border. So we moved it round the corner into the morning dappled sun and - hey presto.