We went to Bodnant to see the garden, first established by Henry Pochin, a successful industrial chemist who bought the estate and employed Edward Milner, a pupil of Paxton, to lay out the garden in grand Victorian style with a water garden, pinetum, and The Poem, the family mausoleum down by the River Hiraethlyn.   His daughter, Laura, married the first Lord Aberconway and it was the second Lord Aberconway who built the layers of terraces, sponsored plant hunting exhibitions in China and the Himalayas and gave the garden to the National Trust in 1949.   The garden is huge and rather gloomy, a monument to grand Victorian arboricultural taste with pine trees from around the world, all protecting the visitor, and presumably the original owners, from the Welsh countryside around.   What I really liked was the bark of the trees:-


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