Gardens across north Wales are set to throw open their gates to visitors in a “major new festival”.

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The first Festival of Gardens North Wales will see 22 sites open across Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Powys and Wrexham between 28 May and 5 June 2016.

Plant-hunter Roy Lancaster will launch the festival, which has been timed to coincide with late-flowering spring plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, tulips and flowering cherries.

Managing director of North Wales Tourism, Jim Jones, said: “North Wales has some of the most stunning gardens in the UK and this event is about bringing them together and showing them off to as many people as possible.”

Over 100 special events are planned over the festival’s nine days, including gardening talks, plant sales, garden tours, photographic workshops and musical concerts.

Gardens taking part include Plas Brondanw, Crug Farm Plants, Gwydir Castle and the Dingle Garden.

Go to www.gardensnorthwales.co.uk/events for details.