The perilous existence of endangered whitebeams

The perilous existence of endangered whitebeams

By Tracey Hamston The beautiful oak woodlands on the coastal fringes and steep valleys of Exmoor are home to several species of whitebeam (Sorbus spp.) that are found nowhere else in the world. Exmoor is one of a number of regions in the UK that are well-known for their diversity of endemic Sorbus species. In […]

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Harvest, horti treats, tropical heat and honeysuckle

Harvest, horti treats, tropical heat and honeysuckle

Gardeners + Cake = a festive sugar-filled workforce By Rebecca (aka Dave) – December 18th 2014 Christmas is almost upon us and, as the abundant harvest season is drawing to a close, we are met with the task of using up crops. Wherever possible we don’t like things to go to waste. Unfortunately, we do […]

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Late bloomers are a winter treat

Late bloomers are a winter treat

Red berries and poached eggs – December 9th 2014 By Rebecca (aka Dave) This week I am mostly offsite on a four-day chainsaw course. I am already qualified to use a chainsaw but this new course is to teach me to fell larger trees. Being a female, I have had to listen to the occasional […]

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An acute case of Gardener’s Tap

An acute case of Gardener’s Tap

By Rebecca (aka Dave), December 3, 2014 Welcome to my second blog post. I am enjoying writing these, especially as it is encouraging me to be more observant, rather than just concentrating on the job in hand. By being more attentive I am also expanding my plant knowledge. As I age (not necessarily gracefully), I […]

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First frosts arrive but it's still a great time to visit

First frosts arrive but it’s still a great time to visit

I thought I would start this blog by giving you an insight into life as a trainee horticulturist at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. I feel blessed to come to work here every day (and I am not being paid to say that!) A little information about me: my name is Rebecca (aka Dave) […]

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Volunteer Blog - Summer has come

Volunteer Blog – Summer has come

Last time I wrote we were just preparing for Christmas, yes, that’s right Christmas 2013. And now…well I know that the staff in the Education Department at the National Botanic Garden has already had a meeting to discuss Christmas 2014. It’s July and we have just come back from our summer holiday in Austria where […]

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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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