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Garden Newsletter – February 22


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St David’s Celebration Day

Come and celebrate St David’s Day early at the National Botanic Garden, with a special FREE entry day for all to honour our patron saint on Sunday, February 25th.

Visit the Garden and enjoy a Welsh food and craft fair, with the best of local crafts, gifts, food and drink in the Garden’s stunning Great Glasshouse, plus music by choirs, bands and harpist, Shelley Fairplay.
There’ll also be a display of Autograss Racing cars and water zorbing on Millennium Square and the last day of half-term family activities in the Garden’s Marquee from 12-4pm.

St David’s Day

Visit the Garden on St David’s Day and enjoy FREE entry, plus Welsh music and Welsh dancing featuring Tipyn o Bopeth and many more.

There’ll also be a Cake Sale being held in the Great Glasshouse, as part of the Garden’s Science Team’s campaign to raise money for their pollinator research.
There’ll be a range of delicious homemade cakes, biscuits and other treats on sale from 10am.  More information on the team’s ‘Help Save Our Pollinators’ project can be seen on their JustGiving page.


Star Party

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is hosting a Star Party, in partnership with Swansea Astronomical Society and AstroCymru, with astronomy activities from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, February 24th.

There’ll also be a 3D Cinema and astronomy artefacts, where visitors can handle objects dating from the birth of our solar system.

The Star Party at 6.30pm costs £3 per child.  Accompanying adults are free but donations are welcomed.  A family ticket is £6 (2 adults and up to 4 children).

Half-Term Fun

We’re falling in love with lichen at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. And, this half term, we will be investigating this amazing organism in all its colours, shapes and sizes.

Get ready to be a lichen detective and explore the Garden’s rocks and trees to track down as many types of lichen as you can. There will be trails and talks and various challenges after which you will know a lot more about this under-appreciated life-form.
There is also an exhibition in the Garden gallery of lichen-inspired artworks by Julie Ann Sheridan, who says: “I wanted to raise the profile of these small but critical organisms, put them on canvas to highlight their environmental importance as well as their beauty.”
To find out more, visit the Garden this February half-term. The Garden is open from 10am to 4.30pm each day and all the half-term activities are free with admission.

Doggy Weekend

There’s a special treat for dogs and their owners with a Doggy Weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of March.
Don’t forget, EVERY Monday is Doggy Day at the Garden!

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. Extendable leads are not permitted, you can swap yours for a non-extendable one at the Gatehouse for the duration of your visit.