May 1 – June 10 ‘Gone to Seed’ Photographic Exhibition

‘Gone to Seed’ features stunning photography of plants from the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Taken by Mike Danford, they uncover a barely noticed world of flowers which have shed their showy petals and, as the saying goes, have gone to seed. ‘Gone to Seed’ is showing in the Garden’s Stables Art Gallery, just opposite our shop.

Friday May 15 – Members’ Day

Annual spring garden party for our marvellous members. Look out for walks, talks, demonstrations and displays from staff and volunteers to update you on everything that is going on at the Garden. Also, there is the unveiling of the Wallace bust, in the Wallace Garden at 2.30. This is preceded by a performance by Theatr na n’Og of the excellent one-man play “You Should Ask Wallace” starring Ioan Hefin. This starts at 1.15pm.

Friday May 15-Saturday May 16 –  Annual National Botanic Garden of Wales Plant Sale

Come and grab a botanic bargain from stalls bristling with plants grown here at the Garden and at home by our staff, volunteers, members and supporters

Sunday May 17 – Herbalism Day

Join local Nicola Dee Kelly as she talks about her life as modern day herbalist and the plants that she uses. She;ll be giving a talk in the Theatr Botanica at 1pm and a guided tour of medicinal plants around the Garden at 2.30pm. In between, storyteller Annie Delahunty will perform the story of the Lady of the Lake, the medieval tale that led to the legend of the Physicians of Myddfai. Annie will be performing at 2pm in the Theatr Botanica.

May 23-May 31 – Half-term fun

Medicinal plant-themed family activities throughout the week

Spring Bank Holiday (May 23-25) – Hobbies Weekend

Models and toys, quilting, canoeing, lace-making, fly-fishing, coracles, dancing and dolls’ houses. Just some of the wide range of activities and taster sessions going on over the bank holiday weekend. And Jugglestruck is back in the Garden on Bank Holiday Monday.

May 26-27 – Pembrokeshire Falconry

More high-flying entertainment for all the family from the birds of prey experts

Saturday-Sunday May 30-31 – Foraging Weekend

Have a go at hunting and gathering a delicious dinner of foraged food – and then find out all about what’s hot in the hedgerow and what to look for to provide the perfect wild food pizza topping. There will be forays, cooking, tasting; tips and hints on what to eat and where to find out. Let’s go wild this weekend!

Sunday May 31st – Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band

Playing a rich variety of popular music – from 2pm until 4pm

Saturday June 6 – Art in the Garden Workshop

NEW COURSE! In the splendid setting of the Great Glasshouse and the surrounding landscape, you get the chance to work with artist GenevieveCaminade to explore different materials and develop your skills.

Saturday-Sunday June 6-7 – Sculpture Weekend

Come and meet the team behind our new sculpture trail, hear about their work, and their motivation – then take the Sculpture Cymru trail around the Garden

Saturday-Sunday June 13-14 – Harp Weekend

Join harpist Shelley Fairplay for a weekend of heavenly harps plus your chance to have a hands-on harp session

Saturday June 20 – Classic Cars

Forest of Dean Historic Vehicle Club members show off their classic cars

Saturday June 20 – Midsummer concert

A summer evening of spectacular music from the scintillating Symphonica Tywi, from 7.30(ish) until dusk. Tickets: £10 (non-members £12)

Sunday June 21 – Fathers’ Day

Now it’s da’s turn to have a day off and visit the Garden FREE of charge. Our popular magician and balloon-modeller extraordinaire Luke Jugglestruck will be here to keep him entertained as will the wonderful Pembrokeshire Falconry, the Morgan Car Club and the Aston Martin owners’ club members who are bringing their magnificent machines for a ‘Daddy’ of a day out. And much more

Sunday June 28 – Wales Wildflower Day

A special day to celebrate our fabulous native  flora. Come and enjoy our wonderful wildflowers and take part in a host of family-friendly activities

Sunday July 5 – The Winter’s Tale

The Magic of Shakespeare brought to life for youby the peerless Taking Flight Theatre Company starts at 2pm

Saturday July 11-Sunday July 19 – British Woodcarvers’ Association

A week-long demo of carving, turning, whittling and woodcraft taking place  in the Great Glasshouse

Saturday July 18 – International Day of Dance

Colourful day of dance with folk from all over Wales – and the world

Sunday July 19 – BBC Radio Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party

All your GQT fave celebs gardeners are here for a very special day in the Garden. Entry is by ticket only. To book yours, call 01558 667149o The day’s entertainment also includes Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band on the stage in the Great Glasshouse from 2pm until 4pm.

Saturday June 25 – Sewing Workshop

NEW COURSE! Sewing machine workshop for beginners to learn to create a simple product. Kelley Fletcher runs successful workshops all over Carmarthenshire.

Saturday and Sunday July 25-26 – Meet a Meerkat

The return of the popular exotic animal show (£2 charge). Shows are at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm

Saturday-Sunday August 1-2 – Summer Craft Fair

Great local art and craft – nick-nack-tastic!

Saturday-Sunday August 8-9 – Natural Living Expo

Unblock your chakra, discover your birthstone, tally up your Tarot. It’s time to get holistically crystal mystical. And learn about alternative therapies etc

Sunday August 9 – Pendine Dash

On your marks: for more than 70 cars, starting from the main Botanic Garden car park at 9.45.

Saturday-Sunday August 15-16 – Wales Tree Festival

Everything that is good about wood for a weekend. Join us for tree rubbing, carving, turning, whittling, tre bug hunt, tree art and loads of family fun activities.

Saturday and Sunday August 22-23 – National Vegetable Show, Welsh championships

All the very best in veg from growers around the country.

Tuesday and Wednesday August  25 and 26 – Pembrokeshire Falconry

Flying displays by birds of prey

August Bank Holiday weekend – (Aug 29-31)

Featuring, on the Saturday, the world-famous Quack Pack, Tenovus Choir and the Waterwheel Choir. Sunday stars Jugglestruck, Quack Pack and Cor Caerfyrddin; while, on Bank Holiday Monday, Jugglestruck and Pembrokeshire Falconry take centre stage

Saturday and Sunday September 5-6 – Orchid Festival

Sunday September 6 – A World Music ‘Month of Sundays’

Samba Galetz: parade, performance and workshop

Saturday and Sunday September 12-13 – Chrysanthemum Show

Chrysanthemum’s the word for this special show of blooms.

Sunday September 13 – A World Music ‘Month of Sundays’

Klezmer–Jewish music and dancing (for anyone who likes circle and/or folk dancing)