Portmeirion is celebrating the Festival of Gardens between 1-16 June 2019 with a series of specialist guided tours.
A special Portmeirion Gardens guided tour will be given by Tony Russell on 16th June at 1.30pm. These event is free to attend, with standard village entry.
Tony Russell is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading authorities on trees and shrubs. Tony studied forestry and horticulture at Newton Rigg, Cumbria and went on to work as Head Forester of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire from 1989 to 2003. Over the past fifteen years, he has presented many gardening, horticultural and countryside programmes for both TV and radio and is a noted garden writer of nineteen books, who regularly writes for magazines and newspapers.
Portmeirion boasts 70 acres of sub-tropical woodland which provides the perfect environment for a rich diversity of exotic plants. One of our most popular plants is the Portmeirion Red Rhododendron, 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.
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