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    Farming and Wildlife in December

    FARMING AND WILDLIFE IN DECEMBER at the Botanic Garden THE ESTATE FARM: As described in May, the Botanic Garden covers about 568 acres of which farmland is 316 acres including 100 acres of woodland. There are 25 head of pedigree Welsh Black beef cows and 30 non-pedigree Balwen ewes and their 35 lambs, with the […]

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    An apprentice’s year in the garden

    Garden horticulture apprentice Ben Wilde reflects on a challenging but enjoyable year.

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    Conserving Welsh Plants: the Revamp

    When you think of rare plants at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where do you think you will find them? Maybe they’re steamy, exotic orchids blooming in Plas Pilipala. Perhaps they’ll be the enormous, alien-looking Proteas in the Great Glasshouse? I’m almost certain you aren’t thinking of the Welsh Cotoneaster, which is only found […]

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    Getting to Know your Garden Fungi – Growing the Future

    Having been an Apprentice with the Regency Project at the Botanic Gardens for 8 weeks, I felt the need to explore new areas of our gardens. The variety within the garden is extensive with many different departments to have a look at. But, I quickly found myself taking up an interest in Fungi and Lichen […]

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    Seed Collecting on the Great Orme

    The Welsh Natives Project has been really chugging along this year, and I can’t believe how much momentum we’ve gained since I took on the job of resurrecting it a year ago. At the beginning of October the Welsh minister for culture, tourism and sport paid a visit to the Welsh Natives compound to hear about […]

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    The search for the ivy bee continues..

    The ivy bee (Colletes hederae) only graced our land as recently as 2001 when it was recorded in Dorset as a species new to Britain, having arrived from mainland Europe. Over the last few months I have been looking for it at the Garden…

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