17 Mar 2017

Garden Newsletter – March 17

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

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A Month of Music

There’s a Month of Music in March with choirs, bands and other performers in action in the Great Glasshouse EVERY weekend throughout the month.

This weekend’s performers are as follows:
Saturday March 18th
11am – 12:30pm – Carmarthen Ukuleles
12:30pm – 2pm – Waterwheel Singers
2pm – 3:30pm – Steve Williams Trio

Sunday March 19th
11am – 12:30pm – Caroline Harrison
12:30pm – 2pm – Tristan John
2pm – 3:30pm – City of Swansea Concert Band

Also on Sunday, March 19th, the Tywi Valley Vintage Vehicle Club hold their start-of-season ‘crank-up’ at the Garden with a marvellous display of all sorts of vehicles ranging from motorbikes, bicycles, tractors, stationary vehicles as well as cars and vans on Millennium Square.


Daffodil Month

March is Daffodil Month at the National Botanic Garden which means it’s time for a springtime walk among the drifts of daffodils, and we have thousands of them!

With more than 50 varieties of daffodil to discover, including some special Welsh varieties, the Garden is a wonderful place to come and learn about and enjoy Wales’s national flower.You can collect a Daffodil Trail of the Garden from the Gatehouse and select from a great range of Narcissi in our Y Pot Blodyn plant shop.


Welly Wednesday

Welly Wednesday features an hour of fun, outdoor activities, storytelling and exploring for pre-schoolers and is a great way for parents to get their toddlers close to nature with 60 minutes of fun in the woods with water and mud – whatever the weather!

Activities start at 11am from the Gatehousenormal entry price applies to adults and children under 5 years old are free.

For more information, contact the Education Department on 01558 667150.


Mothers’ Day

There’s a treat in store for mum on Sunday, March 26th, with FREE entry to a special ‘pamper day’ at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

An impressive line-up of beauticians, make-up experts and local food and drink producers offering a tempting range of tasters including a free glass of elderflower champagne, facials, skin care advice, manicures, pedicures – and all free of charge for mam!

There’ll be special guest at this year’s Fair too, as baking businesswoman and winner of The Apprentice 2016, Alana Spencer, will be selling products from her brand-new business, Ridiculously Rich by Alana!

Alana will take her place in Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse along with a mouth-watering array of food and drink as well as crafts and gifts from other West Wales producers.


National Garden Scheme Apprenticeship

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is helping to grow the gardeners of the future with two new apprenticeships in botanical horticulture.

Starting in September this year, the new posts are funded by the National Garden Scheme and private benefactor Patrick Daniell.

Garden director Huw Francis said the two-year apprenticeships are good news for Wales and great news for botanical horticulture: “We have had a long-held ambition to cultivate Welsh talent and this excellent news is a marvellous milestone on the journey to achieving that aim.”

For more information, including how to apply, please click here.