Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol CymruNational Botanic Garden of WalesNational Botanic Garden of Wales

Wild Garden

A hillside that shimmers with sweeps of colour throughout the summer

If you follow the slopes down from the Great Glasshouse towards the lakes, you’ll find the Wild Garden.

Top soil from the Wild Garden has been removed to recreate the spartan landscape of the North American prairie and Asian steppes, where flowers rather than grasses thrive in soils with low nutrient levels.

Prairie and steppe plants such as peonies, rudbeckias and asters have been introduced here, whilst native Welsh plants like orchids and ox-eye daisies have found their way naturally. This produces fresh waves of colour here from spring to autumn.

This type of informal planting or ‘natural look’ has become fashionable in Europe and North America but has never been attempted on such a scale in a wet climate like Wales’s.

Mown paths allow you to wander through this area. You may notice how local birds and insects have really taken to this rich source of food and you should find a variety of butterflies on warm sunny days.