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Garden Newsletter – May 4


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Doggy Weekend

On May 6th and 7th, 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 568 acres.

And don’t forget, EVERY Monday is Doggy Day at the Garden, therefore, you can bring your dog along for a visit on May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th!

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.


Annual Plant Sale

Make a date for some blooming bargains at the National Botanic Gardenannual plant sale.

Hundreds of plants, donated by Garden staff, volunteers, members and the public will be on offer over the two-day fundraising effort on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, with Members’ Day also being held on Saturday  – an annual Garden party for our 7,000 loyal members.

There’s still time to donate plants – for details of how to do so, call Jane Down on 01558 667118 – but, mostly, you should be thinking about clearing a space in your backyard for the upcoming deluge of botanical bargains.


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!


Young Archaeologist’s Club

As well as being Doggy Weekend this weekend, there’ll also be another session of the Garden’s Young Archaeologist’s Club on Saturday the 6th of May.

This spring, the National Botanic Garden of Wales will become the venue for an exciting new club where young people can learn all about archaeology.

Meetings will take place between 10am and 12noon on the first Saturday of every month and are for people aged 8-16.

At future sessions, there will excavations, field trips to explore other archaeological sites, and investigations of all the types of remains that archaeologists find. From Egyptian mummies to stone circles, ancient cookery to castles, archaeology is about everything and there is something for everybody to enjoy.

The club is entirely run by volunteers and, if you are older than 16 and would like to get involved, we would be happy to hear from you!


Fostering Fortnight Fun Day

Saturday the 13th of May will see a special day of events, put on byCarmarthenshire County Council‘s fostering team, to celebrate fostering fortnight.

It’ll include fun and games for children and families in the Great Glasshouse.


Welly Wednesday

Welly Wednesday features an hour of fun, outdoor activities, storytelling and exploring for pre-schoolers and is a great way for parents to get their toddlers close to nature with 60 minutes of fun in the woods with water and mud – whatever the weather!

Activities start at 11am from the Gatehousenormal entry price applies to adults and children under 5 years old are free.

For more information, contact the Education Department on 01558 667150