Star line-up for food festival

Star line-up for food festival

The biggest names in the Welsh food world are taking a starring role in the West Wales Food Festival on May 11-12. The Festival, held at the National Botanic Garden, features the best Welsh lamb, pork and beef, Bryn Williams, Penderyn whisky, Stephen Terry, Welsh cakes, Dudley Newbery, the choicest cheeses, Hybu Cig Cymru, Patchwork […]

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Recording Wildlife

Although the temperature has still not done much more than get back up to the mean for the time of year, many plants are finally responding.  Plants love CO2. With most greenhouse crops, net photosynthesis increases by about 50% as CO2 levels rise from about 340 to 1,000 ppm. So perhaps one reason why Spring has seemed to be getting […]

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Curator's Blog - mid-April 2013

Curator’s Blog – mid-April 2013

Well slowly but surely  things are warming up, buds are finally swelling and in the space of a few days a new found greenness is becoming apparent. Bare looking beds are starting to show signs of life and herbaceous perennials awaken from slumber. Last year we started identifying plants from our borders and beds that […]

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Unique flavour of Gala Dinner

Unique flavour of Gala Dinner

Do you fancy dinner cooked by legends of the Welsh restaurant scene? That’s exactly the treat in store at this year’s West Wales Food Festival when a star-studded line-up of chefs will prepare a special three-course gala dinner at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Sunday May 12th. The evening begins with a ‘welcome’ […]

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Signs of Spring – at last!

This week we were faced with a howling gale – well, it was very windy – but at least 10 degrees warmer than all of our previous walks, and still dry.  Although Jan and Keith were not able to join us, we were very glad to welcome Marigold Oakley.  As well as being a Garden volunteer […]

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On course for better pictures

On course for better pictures

If you’ve been inspired by the International Garden Photography of the Year exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, now’s the time to focus on a special workshop running alongside the show. The ‘Better plant and garden photography’ course is run by IGPOTY founder and director Philip Smith and takes place in the Garden […]

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Flying visit by birds of prey

Flying visit by birds of prey

Black Mountains Falconry are back at the Garden on Saturday and Sunday April 20-21 promising two days of stunning flying displays. Harris hawks, red-tailed buzzards and an eagle owl will take to the air as part of two daily set-piece shows, at 12 noon and 2pm, and there will be a chance for visitors to […]

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Hunting for Hares

The combination of the continued low temperatures - the first week in April was colder than March – and dry weather has meant that most plants have remained in a state of suspended animation and the grasses have become increasingly brown. So we had few expectations as to what we might find on our weekly walk. But four years ago […]

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New chapter for tale trail

New chapter for tale trail

Music, magic, poetry and pirates are all special landmarks on the Children’s Story-Telling Trail at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The weekend event – on April 13 and 14 – features the children from two Carmarthenshire schools who will be joining the trail and telling stories of their own. Creative director Cheryl Beer has […]

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Volunteers Blog – April 2013

A Good Place To Go Our visits to the National Botanic Garden of Wales are usually in the form volunteering and can be busy with no time for just wandering about.  So we decided to go as visitors on Easter Sunday afternoon.  It was a beautiful day and some of our family were visiting so […]

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