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Himalayan garden gets first visitors for 140 years.

A HIMALAYAN garden which has been hidden from view is to be revealed to the Welsh public for the first time in 140 years.

The Yew Dell at National Trust's Bodnant Garden, near Conwy, was created with seeds collected by famous plant-hunters during their Asian travels in the early 1900s. Named after the many yew trees that grow there, the wooded area with stream running through it is full of many old, rare rhododendrons and is described as being "reminiscent of a Himalayan glade".

Its opening on the weekend of March 8 and 9 marks the first phase of a major renovation project to clear an area . Over the decades the area was neglected, but ultimately allowing the species to flourish.

"The Yew Dell is on the very southern fringes of the 80 acre garden," said Fran Llewellyn at Bodnant.

"It was originally planned and laid out but over the years the priority for maintenance went to the formal areas of the garden which have now become so famous."

The 3.5 acres of the Yew Dell were originally laid out from the 1870s by Bodnant Garden's creator Henry Pochin.

He was inspired by leading Victorian designer William Robinson.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2014
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