16 Feb 2017

Garden Newsletter – February 16

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

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Half Term Fun

We are mostly designing and making rockets this half-term at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. So, join the jet set for some super-charged family fun!

The action starts on Saturday February 18 with Bug Encounters when you could get very close to a Giant Land Snail and you can try some edible insects – if you want to!   There’s also a visit by Folly Farm’s favourite magician/juggler Luke Jugglestruck to enjoy as well.

Come Monday (and all through the week), we will be looking at the stars, with special telescopes and various other astronomy activities as well as the rocket-making workshops. You will also have a chance to make your own trebuchet and find out why Dryslwyn Castle is in the state it’s in.  There will be lots of fun and giant Garden games, too!
On Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th Luke Jugglestruck returns to amaze you with his magical stylings.
We round off half-term week with a very special St David’s Celebration Day on Sunday February 26 in honour of our patron saint, with a food and craft fair and music by local choirs.  Entry to this Celebration Day is FREE for everyone.
The Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm every day through half-term and all activities and workshops are included in the Garden admission price.

Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is FREE for all.

For more information about this or other events call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk


St David’s Celebration Day

On Sunday February 26th, there will be a special Welsh Craft and Food Fair in the stunning surrounds of Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse.  There’s also a programme of choral music from local choirs to add to this special celebration day.

With FREE entry and a fabulous programme of Welsh music, craft and food, the Garden will be the perfect place to celebrate our patron saint.

And don’t forget, entry will also be FREE on St David’s Day!


Doggy Day

This coming Monday will again see the Garden welcoming visitors and their four-legged-friends.

Due to popular demand the Garden now has monthly Doggy Weekends planned for the upcoming months.  Don’t forget, through the winter season – every Monday is Doggy Day!

A full list of Doggy Day rules can be seen here.  Dogs are permitted in Y Pot Blodyn’s coffee shop, the Seasons Restaurant, the Gift Shop and the main concourse of the Great Glasshouse.

Dogs are not permitted on the Great Glasshouse’s inner paths, the Butterfly House, nor the children’s play area.


The Garden’s Second Hand Book Shop

The Garden’s Bookstore continues to thrive and we have very much appreciated all book donations in recent months from our hugely supportive members and volunteers.  Money raised in January, was well over £700 exceeding takings in January 2016.

We welcome good quality paperbacks and modern books in good condition on various subjects.  Welsh language books are selling very well and in demand.

The bookstore volunteers regularly update the shelves with the wonderful supply of new books coming in and they work very hard to present a well organised community bookstore for all to enjoy.  We can’t thank our members, visitors and volunteers enough for supporting one of our most successful fundraising projects at the Garden.  The bookstore is located near the Garden’s main entrance (Gatehouse), by the bus stop.