16 Nov 2017

Garden Newsletter – November 15

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

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Their Light Still Shines

On Sunday, November 19, there will be a special service in the Great Glasshouse, which will be a time to reflect and remember those we have lost – with the ‘Their Light Still Shines’ event, starting at 2:30pm.

This will give an opportunity to remember those we have lost, to thank together and to heal the hurt.

There’s a free bus service to the Garden from Carmarthen – to arrange, contact Euryl Howells by Thursday November 16th on 01267 227563.  (This service is sponsored by a private donation).  There will be free entry to the Garden to anyone taking part in this service, through the main entrance.

There will be specially selected readings, musical interludes from local artistes, as well as singing a few well-loved songs/carols.  There’ll also be an opportunity to reflect and to light a personal candle and to commend the name of your loved one.

As well as celebrating the lives of loved ones at rest, you are invited to offer further support to the Tŷ Cymorth Hospice Appeal.  The Patron of Tŷ Cymorth is Wynne Evans, the tenor from Carmarthen and host of BBC Radio Wales.  As you remember your loved one you will also make every day ‘special’ for other patients and families.

For further information please contact Tŷ Cymorth Secretary, Emlyn Schiavone, on 07779 420626 or Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain, Hywel Dda University Health Board on 01267 227563 or euryl.howells2@wales.nhs.uk 

Star Party

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is hosting a Star Party, in partnership with Swansea Astronomical Society and AstroCymru, with afternoon astronomy activities from 2pm until 5:30pm, and the Star Party from 6pm until 10pm, on Saturday, November 25th.
Afternoon astronomy activities cost £3 per child, with a Meteors & Maths (age approx. 8+) workshop running for half an hour starting at 2pm, 3pm ,4pm & 5pm.  Rocket making and D2E sessions with AstroCymru will run from 2pm till 5:30pm.

The Star Party at 6pm costs £3 per child, if they have paid for the afternoon activities there won’t be a need to pay again.  Accompanying adults are free but donations are welcomed.  A family ticket is £6 (2 adults and up to 4 children).


Pedigree Welsh Black Beef For Sale

Are you interested in buying top-quality National Botanic Garden-reared pedigree Welsh Black beef?

We have a limited number of 9kg-10kg beef boxes for sale at £115 per box

The beef is butchered, jointed, vacuum packed and clearly labelled, and each box comprises steaks, joints, mince etc and will be available after 10am on Thursday November 23.

To buy your beef box, call 01558 667149 between 10am and 3.30pm. If you need more info, email meat@gardenofwales.org.uk

Winter Wonderland

There’s not long to go until the Garden is transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland‘.

Come to the ‘Park After Dark’ this festive season and enjoy:

  • Amazing lights show
  • Stunning owl display
  • Free mulled wine and mince pie
  • Bar, barbecue, turkey rolls, candy floss and other yuletide treats
  • Children’s rides and music

There’s special entry from the 8th to the 17th of December, between 4-7pm: £6 for adults, £3 for children, free for members.

Pounds for Piers

One of our horticulture team, Piers Lunt has been selected for a prestigious seed-collecting expedition to Tasmania.

The aim of the exciting three-week challenge is to collect seed for our Woods of the World project here at the Garden. It is hoped the Slate Beds and the Boulder Garden will also benefit.

Piers will join other experts from the National Trust, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens but he needs your help.

He has to raise £2,000 to finance his Tasmanian trip and we’re hoping Members can help.

Please give what you can but, in true crowd-funding fashion, there are a number of rewards on offer for our most generous givers:

£50 = 2 free tickets to the Garden
£100 = 4 free tickets and a special ‘Woods of the World’ tour with Piers
£250 = 2 family tickets, tour with Piers, exclusive afternoon tea in the Great Glasshouse and your name featured on the plant label of a Tasmanian specimen

If you can help, please contact Membership manager Jane Down on 01558 667118 or jane.down@gardenofwales.org.uk

You can also donate by visiting our JustGiving page, or by texting NBGW17 followed by a space, followed by the amount they want to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.