Saturday March 15: Course: Gardening for Wildlife
Friday March 21: Members’ Coffee morning – Mike Sokolowski, David Austin Roses – Theatr Botanica, Refreshments served from 11am, talk starts at 11.30am. Members only
Sunday March 23 Course: Nuno Felting
Saturday March 29 Course: Ceramics
Sunday March 30: Mothers’ Day + craft and food fair in the Great Glasshouse, music from harpist Shelley Fairplay, Tywi Valley Vintage Club hold their annual start-of-season ’crank-up’ FREE entry for mums
April 12-27th: Free Easter family activities every day 12-4pm. Join us for a Tree-mendous time including drawing trees with quills, tree herbalism, easy tree identification, willow weaving, making stick people and whistles, tree name plates and tree leaf challenge.
Saturday and Sunday April 13-14: Meerkats exotic animals shows for all the family, £2 charge
April 17 to May 31: ‘The New Sylva’ exhibition in the Gallery
A major exhibition of drawings from The New Sylva book together with information panels covering the history of the publication of John Evelyn’s Sylva abook 350 years ago. PLUS behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the book and an accompanying New Sylva Garden Trail.
Good Friday: April 18: Enjoy the magic stylings of Jugglestruck, the duck herding delights of the world-famous Quack Pack and Llanarthne Dancers
April 19: More magic from the conjuring cabinet of Jugglestruck plus Tractor Safari to see the spring lambs, and Quack Pack
Easter Sunday, April 20: thrill to the aerobatics of Black Mountains Falconry, the music of Fiddlebox and a Tractor Safari across the National Nature Reserve.
Easter Monday, April 21: There’s more birds of prey action by Black Mountains Falconry, the musical stylings of popular folk duo Fiddlebox, and the Tractor Safari PLUS a fabulous Easter Bonnet Parade by the delightful Dyfed Carriage Club.
April 26-April 27 : Woodland Walk Weekend – the A, B, C of woodland flowers. Come and see our Anemones, Bluebells and Celandines, plus expert-led woodland guided walks at 12noon and 2pm, and family activities.
All of May: Medicines in May. Tours, talks, exhibition, events and family activities linked to the theme of Plants for Health. Includes three weekends that reflect the historic use of medicinal plants here at the Garden. On May 3/4 we’ll be looking at 1630, the time when the first Middleton Hall was built here. On May 10/11, 1824 will be the focus, the year William Paxton, the creator of the Regency Garden here, died. On May 17/18, we’ll be looking at the life and times of 1914, at a time when our Apothecary’s Hall was in its pomp. Expect costumed people, fun trails, herbalists, music, maypole dancing and period craft demonstrations.
May 3, 4 & 5, Bank Holiday Weekend: Crafts in Action. Three fabulous days of demonstrations, displays and stalls by local crafters. Plenty to see and do, marvel at and have a go at - plus family fun, music and more.
Saturday May 10: Amy Wadge in Concert one of the country’s most successful singer/songwriters is back in the Garden. Hooray! In the Great Glasshouse 2pm
May 16: Members’ Day. A special Garden Party for all our members. Come and hear talks, take walks and find out what’s been going on at the Garden and what developments are in the pipeline. Members only
May 16-17: National Botanic Garden of Wales Annual Plant Sale
May 24, 25, 26: Hobbies Weekend From dolls’ houses to dancing, cookery, canoeing and crochet – we’ve got it going on. Plus family fun, magical moments and balloon modelling by Jugglestruck and music by Fiddlebox.
May 24: Safely observe the Sun with Swansea Astronomical Society. Also includes a talk on AstroNavigation.
June 1-8: Volunteers Bring A Friends Free of Charge Week a special thank-you to our wonderful volunteers (who are also marvellous)
Saturday June 7 & Sunday June 8: Falconry Weekend – stunning flying displays of birds of prey by Black Mountains Falconry
Sunday June 8 – Corran Singers top-notch choral music from much-garlanded group from Laugharne
Saturday June 14: Meerkats and exotic animals with Tropical Inc, £2 charge
Sunday, June 15: Father’s Day – dads go FREE + Meerkats & exotic animals with Tropical Inc and mega my-little-pony fun with a visit by the Falabellas from Marros Riding Centre
Saturday June 21: Midsummer concert Enjoy ‘A Night at the Proms’ with the scintillating Symphonica Tywi in the Great Glasshouse from 7.30 (Tickets: £10)
Saturday June 28, Corelw: the finest folk musicians West Wales has to offer play in various venues around the Garden all day long.
It’s the gardening event of the year – and it’s coming to the National Botanic Garden of Wales…
On Sunday 29th June 2014 BBC Radio 4′s Gardeners’ Question Time is bringing its annual Summer Garden Party to our gardens for the first time!
The GQT Summer Garden Party is a unique opportunity to enjoy two recordings of the BBC’s flagship gardening radio programme. You’ll meet the GQT team, be able to put your questions to them in person and there’ll be demonstrations and horticultural happenings all across our gardens, including music, food and activities for all the family.
The party will feature the pick of the crop of gardening gurus, including Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Chris Beardshaw, Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Biggs, Carole Baxter and GQT chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibbs.
So come along, meet the team and get your gardening problems solved once and for all!
Tickets for the event cost £8.50 (plus a £1 booking fee) and are now available in advance by calling 01558 667 148.
If you’d like more information about the day, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday – Sunday July 5-6: Harps weekend Two days of heavenly harp music with our heavenly harpist Shelley Fairplay. Chwarae teg!
Saturday July 12, Lowri Evans: a genuine treat to welcome this angel-voiced West Walian who sings both in English and Welsh but is a total delight in any language. As someone once said: “Lowri is like one of those rare gold nuggets, not often found, nestling within the Welsh valleys.”
Saturday July 19: International Day of Folk Dance troupes from all over the globe converge on Carmarthenshire for a day of dance
Sunday July 20: Ffestiva! A fabulous day of fizzing music and dance at venues all around the Garden
Saturday and Sunday July 26-27: Well-being, health and happiness weekend
Saturday-Sunday August 2-3: Summer Craft Fair The best in local, Welsh hand-crafted gifts galore
Saturday-Sunday August 9-10: Falconry Weekend
Sat-Sun September 6-7: Wales Orchid Festival Friday
September 12: SA31 Day - free entry to anyone who lives in this postcode area
Sat-Sun September 13-14: Chrysanthemum Weekend