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Garden Newsletter – March 21

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Daffodil Day

Daffodils will be the centre of attention for a special day devoted to Wales’ national flower – taking place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Sunday, March 25th.

With more than 50 varieties of daffodils on display, the Garden is a natural place to explore the difference between trumpets, tazettas and tête-a-têtes.

Come and discover how Welsh varieties have been pushed close to extinction and why daffodils are associated with our patron saint, St. David.

Renowned naturalist, Ray Woods, will be our special guide as he gives a free talk and guided walk about the history of daffodils and their Welsh connections.  The talk will take place in Theatr Botanica at 1pm and will be followed by a guided walk of the Garden’s daffodil collections.

There’ll be a fab daffodil competition on the day too, where little ones and grown-ups can take a photo with our ‘Daffodil Selfie-Frame’ among the Garden’s daffodils, with a children’s garden tools set as a prize for the children, and potted daffodils and a Growing the Future book for adults for our favourite entries!  Simply post your photos to the Garden’s or Growing the Future’s Facebook page to enter.

A self-led trail around the Garden’s various daffodil highlights will be available to visitors in the run-up to the day, as well as on Sunday, March 25th.

Daffodil Day is on from 10am until 4.30pm, with all daffodil-related activities included in the Garden admission price.

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children five to 16 years of age. Entry is free for Garden members and parking is free for all.

For more information about this or other events, visit our website, call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk

This event is part of the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ Growing the Future project.  This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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Doggy Day

Every Monday is Doggy Day at the Botanic Garden, so bring your pet pooch for a mooch around our 568 acres of rolling Carmarthenshire countryside.

There are also Doggy Weekends on April 7-8, May 19-20 and June 2-3, with a special Doggy Walk in the Woods on Monday May 14, meeting at 2pm at the western entrance of the Great Glasshouse.
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.

Easter at the Garden

Easter Weekend
Friday March 30th – Monday April 2nd

There’s an Easter feast of music, magic and balloon-modelling, archery and the world-famous Quack Pack, plus Carmarthen Modellers and a chance to try your hand at tree climbing, abseiling and buschraft.

The action starts on (Good) Friday March 31st and there will be events and activities on EVERY day of the Easter holidays.

Visitors will also have the chance to use the Garden’s popular ‘boomerang’ ticket, which allows folk to revisit for free within seven days of their original entry – so, hang on to your tickets!

Easter Holiday
Good Friday March 30th – Sunday April 15th

Now’s your chance to Meet a Meerkat – and lots of other exotic animals – have a cook-out in the woods, try your hand at archery – with special spring-time activities every day of the holidays.  Plus, Rugby Tots for little ones, with morning and afternoon sessions on Wednesday, April 11th.

For a full list of what’s on over the Easter Holidays, take a look here.