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Garden Newsletter – April 6


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Doggy Weekend

On April 8th and 9th, visitors of the National Botanic Garden will be able to bring their dogs with them for a visit.  Make a day of it at the Garden and bring man’s best friend to enjoy the Garden’s 598 acres.

And don’t forget, EVERY Monday is Doggy Day at the Garden, therefore, you can bring your dog along for a visit on April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th!
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.


Easter Holidays at the Garden

There’s music, magic and meerkats at the Garden this Easter!

Prepare yourself to be wowed by Meirion Owen’s world-famous Quack Pack and don’t miss the Dyfed Carriage Club’s Easter Bonnet Parade, through the Garden on Easter Monday.  Plus, games, and family activities every day of the school holidays!

Here’s what’s on:

8-20 April – Pet a Lamb – Millennium Square

8-23 April – The Wallace Adventure Prize Trail

8-9 April – Doggy Weekend – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden

9 April – Jugglestruck – Theatr Botanica

10 April – Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden

12 April – Hwyl at the Garden – storytime, songs, dancing, music, pottery, Rugby Tots and the Roald Dahl Show – Theatr Botanica and elsewhere

13 April – Meet a Meerkat – 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm – £3 per seat per show

14 April – GOOD FRIDAY
Meet a Meerkat – 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm – £3 per seat per show, Quack Pack – 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, Jugglestruck, Parkland Restoration Tour – 2pm from the Great Glasshouse’s Western Entrance & The Bumbles of Honeywood – Stories and Bee Activities – Great Glasshouse

Jugglestruck, Quack Pack – 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Llanarthne Dancers, Pontardawe Twinning Association and Breton Dancers 10:30-12pm & Archery

Fiddlebox, Jugglestruck, Quack Pack – 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Dyfed Carriage Club – Easter Bonnet Parade
Fiddlebox, Quack Pack – 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, Meet a Meerkat – 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm – £3 per seat per show & Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden, Brenig (Folk Duo) – 1-3pm.

18 April – Meet a Meerkat – 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm – £3 per seat per show

21 April – Members’ Coffee Morning – Illustrated talk on pollinator research – Members Only

22-23 April – Spring Antiques Show – More than 100 stalls, plus BBC’s Bargain Hunt


Many Happy Returns


Our special ‘return ticket’ that allows free entry for a week, is back in operation just in time for Easter!

So, anyone buying a ticket to the Garden between now and December 31st 2017 will be allowed back in FREE of charge for seven days after their visit – and as many times as they like!


Age UK Article

The Garden has been included in an Age UK article – Britain’s Most Accessible
The article, by Robyn Lewis, highlights the UK’s most accessible public gardens and, as well as the National Botanic Garden of Wales, includes Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London, Sissinghurt Castle Garden in Kent and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.
As one of Wales’ main Millennium Projects, accessibility was a key factor in the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ design, with all paths within the formal garden area being wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly.
The Garden also offers a daily shuttle buggy service where volunteer buggy drivers transport those with limited mobility from the Garden’s main entrance (Gatehouse) to either the Great Glasshouse, the Stable Block where our Seasons Restaurant, gift shop and gallery are located, or other areas of the Garden.
See here for the full article, or here for more information on the Garden’s accessibility.


RHS Cardiff Flower Show

Look out for the National Botanic Garden’s interactive display in the Discovery Marquee of the RHS Cardiff Flower Show, and take our ‘Parts of the Body’ challenge!

The RHS Cardiff Show is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week at Bute Park, Cardiff Castle.