What’s on at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales?

There are plenty of exciting things to do and see at The National Botanic Garden of Wales this month. Alongside watching the magnificent birds at their new birds of prey centre and of course admiring the flowers-there are also plenty of events held at the gardens throughout the year…

For King or Parliament?

  • Sat 11 Aug to Sun 12 Aug
  • 10am to 4pm

The Sealed Knot bring to life the history of the Civil War in Carmarthenshire with lots to see and do for all the family!The amazing history of Middleton Hall is coming back to the future at the National Botanic Garden of Wales thanks to the world-famous re-enactment experts Sealed Knot. Find the schedule for the day here.

Science in the Garden Course

Solitary beeCreative Commons – Attribution (BY): Natasha de Vere

  • Saturday 11 August 2018
  • 10:30am to 2:30pm

Join our Head of Science, Dr Natasha de Vere, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Botanic Garden, including science labs, herbarium and plant nurseries.

Find out about the Garden’s work saving plants and pollinators throughout the world.  Then, have a go yourself!  Get your lab coats on, extract DNA from plants and use microscopes to view their hidden inner world. More here.

Papermaking – with garden plants

  • Saturday 11 August 2018
  • 10:30am to 4:30pm

    Creative Commons – Attribution (BY): Bryan Collis

Make your own paper using garden plants. Using plants from the garden, we will explore the different papers that can be made, comparing leaf, stem and bast papers. We will cook some garden plants material, or you could bring some of your own material. You will learn how to make sheets of paper, and there will be a range of pulps to experiment with. You will take home any paper you make for your own art and craft projects, plus a course booklet. A range of papers and papermaking equipment will be available for you to purchase so you can continue experimenting at home.

The tutor for the day will be Bryan from ‘Wild Plant Paper’. You can find Bryan’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, youtube and etsy.

When booking your space please let us know if you would like to do the course in Welsh or English. Find out more

Doggy Day

  • Monday 13 August 2018
  • 10am to 6pm

EVERY Monday is Doggy Day!

Find out more

Meet a Meerkat

  • Monday 13th and 14th August 2018
  • 10am to 6pm

Meet a Meerkat shows are at 11am12.30pm2pm and 3.30pm.  There is an additional £3 charge per seat for the shows

By popular demand, the meerkats are back at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – along with a few of their friends.

On  August 13th and 14th, the meerkats will return to the Carmarthenshire attraction along with a selection of snakes, lizards, a skunk, a cockatoo and much more.

It is very much a fun-for-all-the-family show presented by Tropical Inc’s Steve Rowland. Find out more

Great Glasshouse Guided Tour

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Enjoy a guided tour of the Great Glasshouse. Explore the World under one glass roof. Visiting the Garden? Then why not enjoy a guided tour around the magnificent Great Glasshouse in the company of Derek Caldwell every Tuesday at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm.

There are also guided tours held every Thursday in the company of Mike Dingley-Jones at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. It is the largest single-span great glasshouse in the world and houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. Learn all about the exotic plants housed within the Glasshouse and explore its hidden twists and paths.

Garden History Tour

  • Wednesday 15 August 2018
  • 2pm to 2:45pm

Learn more on the Garden’s fascinating history. Join our guided tour and discover more about the Garden – from the swashbuckling 17th centuryMiddletonstoSir William Paxton’s magnificent mansion, come on a 45 minute exploration of our history. Commencing from the Western Entrance of theGreat Glasshouseat 2pm. Tour is included with normal Garden admission. Find out more

More events include:

Gardening the Nature-Friendly Way Course-Thursday 16 August 2018-10am to 2pm

A Stroll in the Park- Friday 17 August 2018-2pm to 4pm

Middleton: Paradise Regained – Update-Thursday 16 August 2018-11am to 12pm

Wales Loves Wood-Sat 18 Aug to Sun 19 Aug-10am to 5pm

Understanding Plant Names and Plant Families for Gardeners-Saturday 18 August 20th 10:30am-3:30pm

Willow Course – square flower basket-Saturday 18 August 2018-10:30am to 4:30pm

..and plenty more! Find out Whats on here.


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