These spectacular botanic gardens are home to an incredibly diverse range of rare and unusual plants from all four corners of the globe. Sheltered by the North Wales mountains, they benefit from a climate much drier and less harsh than some surrounding areas.
It was Arthur Kilpin Bulley’s keen interest in plants that saw the development of these expansive gardens. The Liverpool cotton merchant was interested to see whether exotic plants from Asia could survive in Britain. Following Bulley’s death in 1942 his daughter presented the gardens to the University of Liverpool in 1948, and the style and layout of the gardens today is much more flowing and natural than Bulley’s original patchwork designs.
The gardens have maintained their immense international diversity, and are spectacular in all seasons, with varieties of rhododendron, camellia, pieris and gentian.