Jelly Baby Fungus

The Autumn colours of the leaves are really beginning to show up now.  First the yellows then, a few days later the reds of the oaks and beeches.  But there is still a noticeable variation, some trees remaining quite green whilst others of the same species nearby have completely lost them. This week we head […]

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Festive test for schools

Festive test for schools

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Decorating Competition on Thursday 5th December.  Pupils from 20 schools will be taking part with this year’s theme being ‘A Fairytale Christmas’. The schools will each be up against the clock to decorate their Christmas tree using reused and recycled materials to create […]

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The perfect present

The perfect present

Imagine a Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift that you can use every day of the year. What could be better for that difficult-to-buy-for friend, relative or family member than an unusual, beautiful, ever-changing present they will never forget? So, why not make National Botanic Garden of Wales membership your special gift this year? A member […]

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Dr Who and the Waters of Mars

Dr Who and the Waters of Mars

For Dr Who’s 50th anniversary, we’d like to share this trailer for The Waters of Mars. It was set inside our Great Glasshouse, the largest single-span glasshouse in the world which was designed by Lord Norman Foster. The doctor in this episode is played by David Tennant.

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The Garden's Fairy Rings on BBC Radio 4

The Garden’s Fairy Rings on BBC Radio 4

Listen to Professor Lynne Boddy talk about fairy rings on BBC Radio 4′s Living World. Lynne, and presenter Chris Spurring, spent a whole day recording the programme here at the Garden on a very wet day in September. Although not mentioned on the programme, the fairy ring they talk about at the start is made […]

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Spring Woods Fungi

We are so used to dry weather on a Tuesday morning that it was a bit of a surprise when, as some of us met up in the car park, it started to rain and turned into quite a heavy shower.  But by the time we had finished our usual pre-walk natter it had eased […]

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The Candyfloss Fungus

As a result of a brilliant talk the previous Friday on Hedgehogs by Dawn from the Gower Bird Hospital we had 4 new volunteers joining us on a gloriously warm, but extremely humid late September day.  A big welcome to Anne, Barry, Joan and Hazel. So taking advantage of the weather the twelve of us […]

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Variety is the spice of apple weekend

Variety is the spice of apple weekend

The organisers of the Apple Weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales are promising another bumper crop of everyone’s favourite fruit. Come October 19-20 and there will be plenty of apples to try, taste and buy at the ever-popular event with a stunning display of 400 or so varieties at the core of the […]

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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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Garden treat for fairies

Garden treat for fairies

All fairies get free admission to the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Wales Fungus Day – Sunday October 13. The annual celebration of fungi features guided walks of fairy rings and tours of the Garden’s famous (and very rare) waxcap meadows as well as a chance to get up close and personal with some […]

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