Tree survey

The health of trees is a subject that has recently been in the news with the decision in to fell larch trees around the lake at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian, near Aberystwyth, because they have been infected with a fatal tree disease, Ramorum.  Nearer home we were pleased to hear that the earlier reports of Ash dieback […]

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Fun Amongst the Fungi

Fun Amongst the Fungi

When is a mushroom a mushroom? When is a toadstool a toadstool? I don’t know the answer so I looked in my dictionary and it said that “a toadstool is an inedible fungus with an umbrella shaped fruiting body, as distinguished from an edible mushroom”.  It also said that the name comes from Middle English, […]

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A time to share

A time to share

Remember, remember: all of September is ‘Members: bring a friend, FREE of charge’ month at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. All month long, your membership card will act as if it has a “plus one” facility attached to it – every single day of September. That includes the Sunday of Orchid Festival (the 1st), […]

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Classic line-up for Sunday spin

Classic line-up for Sunday spin

There’s a twin treat for classic car fans at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this month. On Sunday September 22, as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Morris marque, a group of enthusiasts will be visiting the Garden and showing off their vehicles – some dating back to the 1930s. Secretary of […]

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Double dose of The Garden on the BBC

Here are the BBC iPlayer links to the South Wales episode of Escape to the Country and the fascinating BBC2 Harvest programme, which both feature the Garden: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03b4zb7/Escape_to_the_Country_Series_14_South_Wales/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01f146g/Harvest_Vegetables_The_Goodness_of_the_Earth/ The ‘meaty’ bit about us on ETTC is 36 minutes in. Further episodes of Harvest, featuring the Garden, will be broadcast on BBC2 at 8pm on […]

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Formidable fair

Formidable fair

One of the biggest antiques fairs Carmarthenshire has ever seen is at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this weekend (October 5-6). There will be a huge range of stalls in the stunning surrounds of the Great Glasshouse, the regency splendour of Principality House and in the Garden marquee; and there will be some rare […]

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Grebe chicks, Fungi and Freshwater Surveys

The signs are that this will be a good year for fungi and during the past 3 weeks we have gradually been assembling a fine selection of photos, many of which we are uncertain as to their names.  Last week, above the waterfall in Pont Felin Gat on the section leading up to the bridge were […]

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Chelsea challenge

Chelsea challenge

Award-winning designers Kati Crome and Maggie Hughes will reveal all about producing a medal-winning plot for Chelsea when they visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Thursday September 26. The pair, responsible for our ‘Get Well Soon’ garden at this year’s 100th anniversary RHS show, will be giving a talk – entitled ‘The Road to […]

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Every dog has its day

Who let the dogs in? We did – and we are doing it again on Saturday September 28 and Sunday March 9. As part of an ongoing ‘doggy day’ trial at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, responsible owners will be invited to bring their pets into the Garden. These new dates follow the first […]

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