Behind the manicured lawns and flower-filled terraces of Bodnant Garden is a history of powerful, politically driven women. At the forefront was Laura McLaren, who inherited the garden and estate in 1895.
Laura was a force of nature, not just an acclaimed gardener achieving the prestigious RHS Victoria Medal of Honour, but a formidable businesswoman, political campaigner and founder of the Liberal Women's Suffrage Union.
Despite writing the seminal Women’s Charter of Rights and Liberties, the thousands of letters she wrote, speeches she gave, meetings and rallies she attended, the extent of Laura’s role in the suffrage movement has faded over time and only been recently come to light during archive work at Bodnant Garden.
An open-air exhibition starts today at the garden celebrating her life.