Treborth Botanic Garden in Bangor has been voted as one of the UK’s best 100 gardens by Garden News magazine.
Garden News readers voted in their thousands over the summer to find the Best 100 Gardens in the country.
Treborth covers an area of 18 hectares on the shores of the Menai Strait and has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden comprises 15 hectares of native woodland, 2 hectares of species rich unimproved grassland and 1 hectares managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs.
There are also six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants. The outside garden has free access to the public at all times and the glasshouses are open at selected times when staff or volunteers are present.
The Two Dragons Garden Project is a collaboration of Treborth Botanic Garden, the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden in Yunnan and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with continuing funding from the Confucius Institute at Bangor University and the British Council.
Work began in 2013 removing scrub and specimens from the existing bed and marking up the new bed design and plans for hard landscaping. With help from local contractors the site was landscaped into three curved sections, one larger front area and two smaller shadier pockets.
The central arena is a space for quiet reflection, creative and educational activities and traditional Chinese self-practice exercise, the latter being central to the philosophy of Chinese medicine.
The hard landscaping is completed with a bespoke larch ‘moongate‘, a circular opening that creates an elegant, spacious entrance to the garden and is a traditional architectural element in traditional Chinese gardens.
Staff and volunteers at Treborth Botanic Garden