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Newsletter – 5 February 2019

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Exhibition: Daffodils

As Wales’ national flower, it makes perfect sense for the magnificent daffodil to be so well represented at the Garden. To draw attention to the many fascinating variations, photographer and Garden volunteer, Mike Danford, has searched and recorded a varied selection of the Garden’s living daffodil collection.

His ‘Daffodils’ exhibition is in the Garden’s Oriel Yr Ardd Gallery now until the April 7. Prints of all images can be reserved for purchase in the Garden’s Stable Block shop.

The exhibition and accompanying FREE booklet are part of the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

 

Lichen Walk

For its size, Wales has the most diverse lichen population on Earth. And here at the Garden, more than 200 species have been  recorded – it’s the wonderfully clean air don’t you know!

Find out more about this amazing, complex and under-appreciated life-form – and a reindeer’s favourite food – by joining our walks and talks on February 12 and 26.

Walk commences from the Western entrance of The Great Glasshouse at 11am.

 

Star Party

Join us for an out-of-this-world experience

In partnership with Swansea Astronomical Society and AstroCymru there will be workshops and activities from 2pm on Saturday 16 February which includes Emma Ride’s talk on meteorites and fossils, making rockets and 3D films.

There will also be our Star Party from 6pm-9pm which includes star gazing, a telescope clinic and talks. (Note: there is a £3 charge for the evening Star party event).

If the skies are clear you will also explore the moon, Mars, Uranus and Neptune. But don’t worry if it’s cloudy, you can enjoy the astronomy activities in the Great Glasshouse.

 

Spring Bloomers Course

Create a plan with clusters of colour and seasonal interest to take you through the spring and early summer months with this course on February 14, 10am-1pm.

Learn how to make the most of small space opportunities and enhance your design with ease.

Consider steps and entrances, windowsills and walls, beds and borders, plots and pots.  Select your style and take away tips for planting and plant care.

Booking is essential.  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Course delivered as part of the 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.

 

February Half Term Activities

Sowing, growing, fun!

What makes the best garden? How about growing plants to make the perfect smoothie? And edible flowers and super foods?

Learn how to sow and grow the perfect patch at our Get Gardening Activities.  Fun and games are guaranteed from 11am to 3pm Saturday 23 February – Sunday 3 March.  There’ll be plenty of springtime challenges, with trails, quests, a daffodil hunt, wildlife under the microscope, arts and crafts  activities and lots more – to suit all ages.

While the butterfly house, Plas Pilipala, is under re-development, come and meet and learn more on butterflies and other creepy-crawlies in the Great Glasshouse.

There’ll be FREE Potato Growing Courses for all at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on Sunday February 24th, Wednesday February 27th and Friday March 1st.  For information on how to book, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Launching Welly Tuesday!

Have you heard about Welly Wednesday?

A fun-filled hour of exploration for pre-school tots. Well, now we’ve launched Welly Tuesday. It will run every Tuesday in term-time at 1pm. If you are busy doing other things on Wednesdays at 11am, maybe Welly Tuesday is a better fit. Like Welly Wednesday, Welly Tuesday is free with admission to the Garden.

 

Garden History Tour

Join our guided tour and discover more about the Garden – from the swashbuckling 17th century Middletons to Sir William Paxton’s magnificent mansion, come on a 45 minute exploration of our history.

Starting from the Western Entrance of the Great Glasshouse at 2pm on Wednesday 6 February.

Tour is included with normal Garden admission.

 

The British Bird of Prey Centre

 

The British Bird of Prey Centre has been named number 1 on the list of top things to do in Carmarthenshire on Trip Advisor in 2018 and 2019. The centre has a specialist collection of British raptors, focusing on the welfare and conservation of our native species of birds of prey.

The new centre is based in the National Botanic Garden of Wales, so you can visit during your day in the Garden.

Daily Flying Displays Timetable

11.30am – Flying Display (45 minutes)

1pm – Owl Flying & Talk (30 minutes)

2.30 – Flying Display (45 minutes)

3.30 – Conservation Talk (30 minutes)

Open daily – Cost £3.50

You can also have Half a Day Flying Experience with an experienced falconer!

These amazing experiences include 2.5 hours of flying 4 different species of birds. Photographs, refreshments and entry into the Garden are included in the price. It’s a 100% unique and private show for you to experience!

Adults £75

Children (5-16) £30*

Family (2+2) £199
*Under 5’s fly free of charge. All children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Taster sessions are also available where you can fly red kites and many more birds for an additional £10.

To book your place: Call: 01437 751725 or email: info@britishbirdofpreycentre.co.uk

 

Doggy Days and Weekends

Every Monday and every Friday is Doggy Day at the Garden. Bring your pet pooch for a lovely walk around our beautiful Garden.

Our next Doggy Weekends are on:
February 9-10
March 16-17
April 6-7

The Garden’s Doggy Day rules urge all owners to be responsible and clean up after your dog, and keep you dogs on a non-extendable lead at all times.

 

Horticultural Trainer Vacancy

 

The Growing the Future project at The National Botanic Garden of Wales is searching for an enthusiastic individual to work as a Horticultural Trainer.

This is an opportunity for someone with a good technical knowledge of horticulture, proven experience in training and a strong interest in the health and well-being of others. You’ll develop and deliver a range of horticultural courses and learning materials for individuals and groups.

Fluency in written and spoken Welsh is highly desirable and an understanding of and commitment to the mission of the National Botanic Garden of Wales is essential.

The closing date is Friday 8th February 2019.  For more information, please visit the Garden’s website.