Patchwork Meadow Blog

The UK squares arrived at NBGW just before Christmas, and are now installed in our Art Gallery, arranged on the walls in 8 vibrant colour blocks, ranging from blues and purples, to pink and scarlet, then greens, yellows and whites. The mixture of themes, techniques, designs and skills is extraordinary, and has inspired all of […]

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Volunteer Blog – Getting Ready For Santa

It has been a while since I wrote a blog and I thought it was about time that I got back into the groove.  As we approach Christmas it occurs to me that this is the time of getting things ready.  This is the month when every year we spend time and money preparing for […]

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Curator's Blog October 2013

Curator’s Blog October 2013

Well it has been a fantastic summer an excellent growing year and a year where we have been able to get stuck in to all manner of tasks in the garden. Now it is raining the leaves are turning colour and the days are rapidly shortening; with the shorter days a flurry of short day […]

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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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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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Curator's Blog - August 5th 2013

Curator’s Blog – August 5th 2013

The cycle of the seasons has always brought with it highs and lows in terms of garden display. For the first time in a number of years we have experienced enough summer heat for elements of the garden to take on a brown dry hue. Having instigated considerable amounts of new planting I had been […]

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Tree Science Blog 1

Several Masters students from Swansea University are using the Garden as a base for the research this summer. One of them, Millie Watts, has written a blog about her project which is using oak tree core samples to investigate climate change.

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Volunteer Blog July 2013

A Little Learning So at last the summer has arrived and, as usual, we spent Tuesday at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.  Only this week wasn’t quite as usual because, apart from it being hot, hot, hot, we were there before 9.30am.  That’s unusual for us but I was going on a training course.  […]

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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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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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