Gardens of North Wales
"North Wales is a treasure trove of wonderful gardens to visit "
Explore the brand new Tree Trail at Portmeirion Gardens during the Festival of Gardens. The Tree Trail is a celebration of the Champion trees locations in The Gwyllt at Portmeirion. To promote the wealth of trees in the large diverse ornamental areas at Portmeirion, we have developed 3 tree trails – Blue Tree Trail (easy access, 1 hour), Green Tree Trail (moderate, 2 hours) Red Tree Trail (long uneven slopes, 3 hours). Guidebooks are available for £3.99 from our Welcome Centre.
Portmeirion is home to 57 Champion trees, (10 Champion trees of Britain, 32 Champion trees of Wales and 15 Gwynedd County Champion trees). Plaques have been designed and installed with each of our Champion trees providing visitors with the tree name and information. Some of the amazing trees you'll discover include: Chilean Southern Beech, Indian Horse Chestnut, Californian Giant Redwood, Monterey Pine Trees, American Red Oak, Japanese Zelkova and springtime blossoming Cherry Trees and Douglas Firs planted in the 1840s.
Portmeirion is also home to the Portmeirion Red Rododendron, the Gwyllt King. The beautiful rich red late flowering rhododendron was a hybrid raised at Portmeirion in 1938 and the romantic Welsh name translates as King of the Wildwood. A hybrid between the two attractive species.
And if that wasn't enough, our Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Lillies from the Ynnan Valley in Tibet) are blooming. They only flower every 4-7 years and the last time they flowered at Portmeirion was in 2011, the year they were planted! They will be in full bloom (6-7ft) by mid-June and will remain in flower for 3 weeks.