Too numerous to count

June 10th 2014  – dry and humid. As any reputable Meteorologist will tell you, there is no such thing as average weather.  Last year we had prolonged spells of very cold weather and the Spring was very late.  This year has been a complete contrast and the Winter has been exceptionally mild with no more […]

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Moths Galore

June 3rd 2014 – dry and dull. Whilst John and Marigold were collecting the Moth trap from Trawscoed Meadow I took the opportunity of counting the Purple Orchids in the first part of the meadow. The first count had totalled, 23, then 29 the next day, 49 a few days later, and today over a […]

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Garden party is the event of the year

Garden party is the event of the year

BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party is the horticultural event of the year. On Sunday June 29th , the party is at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – the very first time it has happened outside England. As well as recordings of two editions of GQT, there will also be plenty […]

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Orchids galore

May 27th 2014 Weather – Cloudy, dry and cool though it did get rather sticky later on! Orchids were the theme for today and as we had rather a lot of ground to cover we split up into two groups.  One went by car to the outer reaches of Waun Las in order to survey […]

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Gallery show is a call to action

A new exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales focuses on a disappearing world. But Emma Tuck’s work in her new gallery show ‘Sight Unseen’ concentrates not on some far-flung, tropical, species-rich hotspot nor the polar extremities. Her attention is wholly on our own back yard. And her particular concern is trees. Trees are […]

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Natasha joins global crime-fight

Natasha joins global crime-fight

A Welsh scientist has joined an international fight to halt illegal trafficking of endangered species. Dr Natasha de Vere, Head of Science at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, is in Kenya teaching DNA barcoding techniques to their top boffins so they can identify species from tiny samples in the investigation and prosecution of wildlife […]

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Animal magic is Fathers’ Day fun

Dads get in free on Fathers’ Day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, who are planning a day of animal magic in honour of Dad’s special day. The voyage around West Wales of the famous Falabellas miniature Marros Farm ponies stops off at the Garden, and there will be another of our marvellous ‘Meet […]

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Prom-ise of a special night

Prom-ise of a special night

All your ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourites fight for top billing at the Midsummer Concert at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The fabulous 40-piece Symphonica Tywi return to the Garden on Saturday June 21st for their annual concert at 7.30pm. The event – entitled ‘A Night At The Proms’ – will be a […]

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Garden is being more Dog

Garden is being more Dog

It’s time to mooch with your pooch at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with the return of Doggy Days. The Carmarthenshire attraction has three dates for the diaries of dog-lovers: Friday June 6, Friday July 11 and Saturday September 20, which follow similar ‘trial’ days last year and earlier this. Curator Simon Goodenough explained […]

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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 1-8), 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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