Curator's Blog - June 2013

Curator’s Blog – June 2013

With an extended period of fine weather the garden is moving into early summer at pace, the plant collection ramps up its display and the horticultural staff have more tasks to perform than they know what to do with. Yet the planning process for the coming autumn and winter is already under way, in fact […]

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BBC Likes What It Sees

BBC Likes What It Sees

Beautiful stunning images of the Garden are one of the highlights of the BBC’s website right now. Thank you to Carl Stringer for these great shots.

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Curator's Blog: Late June 2013

Curator’s Blog: Late June 2013

Ragged-Robin and Caesar’s Brother natural bedfellows? In a most agreeable period of warm and sunny weather the Garden’s meadows have burgeoned and one can’t help but be uplifted by the sight of so many of our wildflowers coming in to bloom. The interface between wildflowers and exotics can be seen in a magnificent display that […]

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Merlin’s Black Mountain challenge

Merlin’s Black Mountain challenge

Cyclists from all over the UK are saddling up ready to head for Carmarthenshire and the sixth annual Merlin Ride. This well-established Sportive starts and finishes at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – on Sunday June 30 – and has four distances: the Merlin, 105 miles; Emlyn, 85 miles; Cothi, 70 miles; and Druid, […]

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Pollinating Insects, Orchid Counting and Bats

This week we were pleased to welcome students, Lee, Chris, Shania and Sian from Swansea Metropolitan University, a new Garden Volunteer, Hannah Jones, and a student from Aberyswyth University, Simon Jones.  The previous Friday Howard, Michael and Simon had started on the Butterfly Orchid count.  But they had found so many that they had run out […]

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Alfred Russel Wallace was the first Indiana Jones

Alfred Russel Wallace was the first Indiana Jones

He is famous funnyman Bill Bailey’s favourite scientist and he is credited with inspiring in the young David Attenborough his love of nature but Alfred Russel Wallace is largely unknown. Doing their level best to shed light on the life and works of one of the 19th century’s most remarkable intellectuals, are Neath-based theatre company […]

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Moths, Meadows and Orchids

Before setting out on a what turned out to be a damp and drizzly day, we gathered in the staff room to examine the moths which Marigold had trapped the previous night in the meadow behind the visitors car park and along by the Welsh Country Walk.  A moth trap basically consists of a box […]

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Return of the meerkats

The meerkats are back at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this month. The incredible and fun exotic animal show – presented by Tropical Inc – returns to the Carmarthenshire attraction on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, and features giant spiders, huge snakes, a porcupine, skunk and meerkats. Tickets are on sale now for the […]

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Full-flavoured classics

Full-flavoured classics

If popular classics are music to your ears, make sure you don’t miss the Midsummer Concert at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The 40-piece Symphonica Tywi orchestra will be playing favourite music from the classical world in the stunning surrounds of the Great Glasshouse, from 7.30pm until dusk on Saturday June 22. Musical Director […]

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Volunteer Blog – What a Place to Work

I can’t believe that the last blog I wrote was on 3 April, what happened to May?  I suppose there was Easter and two other bank holidays and we were away on holiday for a couple of weeks so I guess May just slipped away from me.  For the last couple of weeks volunteering, we […]

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