Whats on at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this Summer

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic.

Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the summer and year. Here are our picks for things to do there this Summer!

Sir Gareth opens Plas Pilipala
Honorary president of the National Botanic Garden, Sir Gareth Edwards CBE will be cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new Butterfly House on Monday July 25th.

The new Garden attraction is already a big hit with visitors and, with more than 500 tropical butterflies now on the wing, it is bound to prove a very big draw this summer for tourists and locals alike.

The Garden’s Director Huw Francis said: “This is a very important day for us and a very special occasion so who could be better than Sir Gareth to do the honours and declare Plas Pilipala officially open.”

The grand opening will take place at 11am.

 

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm. Admission is £9.75 for adults with a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) priced at £24. There is no additional charge for any of the dance or music  activities.

Here are a selection of photos taken by photographer Tim Jones.

July
Summer Craft Fair

    • Sat 06 Aug to Sun 07 Aug
    • 10am to 6pm

    The best of local art and craft will be on display in the Great Glasshouse on the 6th and 7th of August. Find out more

    Doggy Day

    • Sunday 14 August 2016
    • All day event!

    Doggy Day is here again – the perfect time to take your pooch for a mooch in the Botanic Garden Find out more

    Focus on photography

    • Saturday 20 August 2016
    • 10am to 1pm

    Join our photographer Darren Boxer on a tour around the National Botanic Garden and pick up expert tips and advice on taking great pictures

    Find out more

    Wales Woodcraft Festival

    Working with wood is the focus of this special weekend.

    Find out more

    Meet the Dragonflies

    • Wednesday 27 July 2016
    • 10am to 6pm

    Dragonflies are the centre of attention for a special day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Find out more

    Upper Lakes Tour

    Join us for a walk along the first three lakes, and learn about our plans for the restoration. Meeting point is the Great Glasshouse and tours will last approximately 30 minutes. Please congregate at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour start time. Find out more

    Horticulture – natural pest and disease control

    Pests and disease are inevitable in the vegetable garden but most are easily manageable with a little know-how. This course will introduce you to the basic principles and teach you how to use natural methods to control pests and diseases in your garden. Learn how to grow healthier plants in a healthier environment and how…Find out more

    Solar Day

    • Sunday 31 July 2016
    • 10am to 6pm

    Observe the sun in safety by using Swansea Astronomical Society members’ special solar telescopes. Find out more

     

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    August

    Upper Lakes Tour

    Join us for a walk along the first three lakes, and learn about our plans for the restoration. Meeting point is the Great Glasshouse and tours will last approximately 30 minutes. Please congregate at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour start time. Find out more

    Doggy Day

    • Thursday 4 August 2016
    • All day event!

    Doggy Day is here again – the perfect time to take your pooch for a mooch in the Botanic Garden. Find out more

Wales Woodcraft Festival

Working with wood is the focus of this special weekend. Find out more

Flower Arranging

  • Sunday 21 August 2016
  • 10:30am to 4:30pm

One day – two designs. Find out more

Digital Photography – Part 2

  • Aqualab
  • Saturday 27 August 2016
  • 10:30am to 4:30pm

Participants must have attended Part One You will cover the rules of composition and how to break them. Lens choice can have a dramatic influence on your photographs, so you will look at what they do and how to use them as a creative tool. Find out more

Click here for more info about the Gardens of Wales

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