On course for photo finish

On course for photo finish

The fourth and final International Garden Photographer of the Year workshop takes place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday September 7th. 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 explains the course […]

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Orchids bright and beautiful

Orchids bright and beautiful

Everything you ever wanted to know about orchids – and more. That is what’s on offer at the annual two-day orchid extravaganza at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, on August 31 and September 1. Nurseries from home and abroad will converge on the Garden for a weekend boasting an enormous variety of orchid plants […]

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Good day, neighbour

Good day, neighbour

The National Botanic Garden of Wales has declared Friday September 6, 2013, to be “Meet the Neighbours day”, which means free entry for anyone able to prove they live in the SA14 and SA15 postcode areas. The special postcode initiative includes key talks by Garden staff, behind-the-scenes tours and entertainment. Head of Marketing, David Hardy […]

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Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I walked around the National Botanic Garden and felt the rustle of spring in the air.  After the extreme heat of the summer I walked around yesterday and felt the stirrings of autumn.  Our journey to the Garden takes us along the M4 and already some of the […]

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Quality is assured

The National Botanic Garden of Wales has received top marks in a test of quality for visitor attractions. The Garden has been rated as ‘fully meriting’ the award of ‘Quality Assured Visitor Attraction’, and has been praised for its warm welcome, friendly staff and excellent venues for food and drink. The survey was carried out […]

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Dragon Tree Flowers for First Time

Dragon Tree Flowers for First Time

Here’s BBC Wales report on the first flowering of our Great Glasshouse Dragon Tree. If you come to visit it, you’ll find a sign inside the Great Glasshouse to point it out. BUT you’ll probably smell it first – its beatutiful aroma is wafting over our Canary Islands, Chile and Meditteranean zones at the moment.

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Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack

The world-famous Quack Pack will be in action at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday August 24 and Monday August 26. Come and see highly-skilled shepherd Meirion Owen manoeuvre his Indian runner ducks with the help of his sheepdog – and join in the fun. The star of TV’s ‘One Man and His […]

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Jet-set Amy’s festival return

Jet-set Amy’s festival return

She’s written hit songs with Ed Sheeran and collaborated with everyone’s favourite Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell –  but Amy Wadge is making space in a jet-set schedule to perform her hand-crafted songs at the Celtic Women Festival. After a storming set last year to a full festival tent, the Cardiff-based singer-songwriter (pictured) heads a formidable […]

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Tree Bumblebees

The original intention last week had been to collect wild flower seeds from the Trawscoed meadow.  However, after much discussion, consultation with the manual and advice from our curator, Simon Goodenough, this idea was abandoned.  But not before we had kitted Bruce out as can be seen from the photo below.  The problems with the […]

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Return of the meerkats

Return of the meerkats

The meerkats are back at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this month. The incredible, fun and popular exotic animal show – presented by Tropical Inc – returns to the Carmarthenshire attraction on Wednesday and Thursday August 28-29, and features giant spiders, huge snakes, a porcupine, skunk and meerkats. Tickets are on sale now for […]

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