On course for better pictures

On course for better pictures

The second of our International Garden Photography of the Year workshops takes place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday June 8th. The ‘Better plant and garden photography’ course is run by IGPOTY founder and director Philip Smith and takes place in the Garden’s Gallery, from 10am to 4pm. Philip explained that this […]

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In Praise of Volunteers

Volunteers can bring a friend for free at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in celebration of a special week. During  National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-9), all the Garden’s volunteers are being urged to show off the good work they do to their friends and family and take advantage of this special “Plus One” facility […]

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Moths, Cowslips, Buttercups and Orchids

Well it had to happen.  Eleven successive dry Tuesday mornings and then rain on the twelfth.  Fortunately early on it wasn’t too bad so Sue Davis and Marigold Oakley did their own wildlife walk.  Marigold is a moth recorder and had set her moth trap the previous evening in the walled garden.  But with the weather […]

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Great Glasshouse tribute to Nigel Curry

A key individual behind one of Wales’s most iconic modern landmarks will be commemorated in Carmarthenshire on Saturday (June 1st). The life of Nigel Curry, the hugely talented project architect for the stunning Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden Wales, will be celebrated with the unveiling of a marble bench in his memory. Located […]

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Special day for folk of note

Special day for folk of note

Top names from the world of Welsh folk will be at the National Botanic Garden on Sunday June 2. The traditional Welsh-Breton music and dance day features Fern Hill stalwarts Ceri Rhys Matthews and Julie Murphy and, from the Mordekkers, Peni Ediker and Stef Balesi. Other stars in the folk firmament taking to the stage […]

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Garden scoops silver on Chelsea debut

Garden scoops silver on Chelsea debut

The National Botanic Garden of Wales’ ‘Get Well Soon’ artisan garden has won a Silver medal at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Director, Dr Rosie Plummer said: “We are absolutely thrilled at getting a medal with our first ever Chelsea garden. We are a young garden, and a small team on a tight budget, […]

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Chelsea challenge

Chelsea challenge

The National Botanic Garden of Wales has make its debut at the world’s greatest flower show in 2013. This year’s 100th anniversary RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25) features an Artisan Garden entitled ‘Get Well Soon’ that focuses on plants for health. It is designed by Maggie Hughes and Kati Crome in conjunction with the […]

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Hobbies a hit at the Garden

Hobbies a hit at the Garden

There’ll be hobbies and handicrafts of all kinds at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on 25-27 May. With displays of dolls’ houses by West Glamorgan Dolls’ House Society, jewellery demonstrations by Maggie C Jones, Dinefwr Photographic Society, British Woodcarvers’ Association, patchwork, quilting, lacemaking and more, there’ll be something for all the family. Organiser Les […]

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Medicines in May 2013 - A Festival of Plants & Health

Medicines in May 2013 – A Festival of Plants & Health

Plants have been used for thousands of years to treat illnesses. But how relevant are they to 21st century medicine? The National Botanic Garden of Wales will help you decide. To do this, we are hosting a series of talks, courses, exhibitions and fun activities throughout May 2013. All events are FREE with admission. Some […]

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Magic is out there . . .

Magic is out there . . .

The fabulous Taking Flight theatre company are back at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Sunday May 19 at 2pm. They will be presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy – which will star Cara Readle, from TV’s Tracy Beaker.  Taking Flight’s Elise Davison said: “Using the Garden as our inspiration, we […]

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