GETTING READY FOR EASTER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, gardensaberartro.co.uk
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.