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Garden Newsletter – January 31


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Snowdrop Weekend

Snowdrops are the centre of attention for a special weekend devoted to these pretty, delicate harbingers of spring – taking place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (February 3-4).

Galanthophile and horticulture expert Naomi Slade will be our very special guide for this two-day celebration and will lead us on a tour of the Garden’s snowdrop hotspots. She will also give a talk on growing your own plants, their interesting origins and taking a look at using them in the garden.

The talks will be held at 11:30am on both days, in Theatr Botanica, with the tours starting from there at 2pm.

A self-led trail around the various snowdrop highlights is also available to visitors in the run-up to the weekend event as well as on the 3rd and 4th.

Snowdrop Weekend is on from 10am until 4.30pm on both days. All snowdrop-related activities are included in the Garden admission price.

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

The Garden is open 10am to 4.30pm and last entry is at 3.30pm.

For more information about this or other events, visit our website, call 01558 667149 or email


February in the Garden

As we leave January and move into February, take a look at the Garden’s ‘Living Attractions’ page to see the plants and flowers you can enjoy at the Garden this month!

As well as seasonal flowers, tropical butterflies, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse and beautiful countryside to enjoy, we have a fab list of events on this month:

Visit the amazing tropical butterflies in the Butterfly House, Plas Pilipala

October-March – Heritage Tours – On the first Wednesday and last Friday of every month, starting from the Western Entrance of the Great Glasshouse at 2pm.  Please wear sturdy footwear.

February 3-4
Snowdrop Weekend – Come and explore our mile of snowdrops and get tips on growing and caring for your collection from snowdrop expert and self-confessed galonthophile, Naomi Slade

February 10-11
Doggy Weekend – Bring your pet pooch to the Garden and enjoy Carmarthenshire’s best fresh air!

February 15
Middleton: Paradise Regained – Update
Louise Austin, Heritage Officer, with the latest parkland restoration project news – 11am in Theatr Botanica

February 16
Members’ Coffee Morning – Talk entitled ‘Vision for the Future’ by Garden Curator, Will Ritchie.  £2.50 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits – Members Only

February 17
Hard Hat Tour – Parkland Restoration Tree Felling
Join Rob Wells, Lampeter Trees arboriculturalist, on a behind-the-scenes guided tour to discover more about our parkland restoration work. Starts at 11am Western Entrance of Great Glasshouse, stout shoes or boots required. Booking essential – please contact or 01558 667177

February 17-25
February Half-Term – Fun and games are guaranteed!  Family activities on from 12noon to 4pm every day of the holiday

February 20
Learning to Love Lichen – Come along and learn the basics, explore their hidden world and see how lichens are conserved at the Garden. 1 hour tour with Peter Lee-Thompson, Parkland Restoration Education and Woodland Officer – starts at 2pm from the Western Entrance of the Great Glasshouse, stout shoes or boots required.

February 22
Charcoal Burning and Drawing Workshop – in partnership with Oriel Myrddin.
Come and learn about charcoal making, on a small and large scale, and make your own to take home. 11am-3pm – suitable for 8+ years. Booking essential – please contact or 01558 667157

February 24
Star Party – Look into the night sky with the Swansea Astronomical Society.  Bring your telescope along too and ask the experts in our special telescope clinic.  6-9pm, £3 per child, accompanying adults free but donations are welcomed

February 25
St David’s Celebration Day – A special FREE entry for all day to honour our patron saint with a Welsh food and craft fair plus music, choirs and harps.  With volunteers’ daffodil sale in Y Pot Blodyn’s Plant Sales.

Music on the Great Glasshouse stage:
11am-12.20pm – Jeff Williams Trio
12.20-1.40pm – Côr Curiad
1.40-2.50pm – Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band
2.50-4pm – Brenig

Reflexology in the Garden

Did you know the Garden has a reflexology studio?

Based within the Wallace Garden, Llawenydd is run by experienced refloxoligst, Jody Evans.

Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all glands and organs of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way.

Reflexology treatment normally lasts an hour, with a medical consultation taken before treatment.

For more information including appointment availability, please contact Jody Evans on 07766043237 or