First Bluebells

We were very pleased to find that the Moth trap set up in Trawscoed Meadow had actually worked.  The results weren’t that spectacular but fascinating to those of us who were newcomers to Lepidopterology – the study of Moths and Butterflies.  In all we had 6 Hebrew Characters and 2 or 3 Clouded Drabs.  Imagine […]

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Mating Beetles

The 25th November 2012 saw the start of the creation of the Diamond Wood , in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.  And on a very wet and muddy area by Woods of the World over 2000 native trees were planted, Wild Cherry, Rowan, Hazel, Birch, Oak and others – but sadly no Ash due to […]

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Authors strike gold with The New Sylva

Authors strike gold with The New Sylva

There is a tree-mendous celebration going on at the National Botanic Garden of Wales to mark the launch of The New Sylva – a sumptuous 400-page book celebrating trees and forests of the UK. An exhibition in the Garden’s gallery will feature some of the 200 new pen and ink drawings by Sarah Simblet which […]

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Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns

The special ‘return ticket’ that allows free entry for a week, is back in operation at the National Botanic Garden for the Easter holidays – and this year it will stay all summer long. Anyone buying a ticket to the Garden between now (Tuesday April 15) and the end of September will be allowed back […]

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Happy Easter

Animal magic, music, dance and puppet theatre all share top billing at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this Easter.   The meerkats are back and the Quack Pack is returning as is the Black Mountains Birds of Prey display team to wow holiday visitors at the best garden in Wales.   Small World Theatre, […]

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Show Garden is good enough to eat!

Show Garden is good enough to eat!

An edible garden has broken the mould and received Silver Gilt at the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff. The Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Pennard Plants have jointly created this unique edible garden at the centre of the traditional flower show. ‘A Haven of Edible Delights’ showcases Pennard’s […]

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Crafts in Action

Crafts in Action

It’s Crafts in Action time at the National Botanic Garden in Carmarthenshire this bank holiday weekend (3, 4 & 5 May) where local crafts people will be putting on a show of their skills. Visitors are in for a treat and can admire quality demonstrations from woodturners, felters, jewellery makers, spinners and more in the […]

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Botanic bargains on sale

Botanic bargains on sale

Make a date for some blooming bargains at the National Botanic Garden annual plant sale. Hundreds of plants, donated by Garden staff, volunteers, members and the public will be on offer over the two-day fundraising effort on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17. There’s still time to donate plants – for details of how […]

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Meet a Meerkat

Meet a Meerkat

The meerkats are back – along with tarantulas, snakes, a skunk, a porcupine and a parrot in this fun-for-all-the-family show by Tropical Inc this weekend (April 12 & 13). Get up close and personal with a variety of exotic animals. Shows are at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm, both days. Admission to the Garden is […]

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Mating Snails

This week we were very pleased to welcome Marie Evans to the group and she, during the course of the walk asked me, ‘what do you do when it pours with rain?’  To which I replied, ‘It doesn’t rain on Tuesday mornings.’  Not quite true since it has rained on two of the fifty eight […]

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