Discover your Garden Nature in Wales Nature Week!

  • Sat 30 May to Sun 07 Jun 2020
  • 10am to 6pm
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Why not connect with nature on your doorstep!

Gardens, large and small are fantastic places for all kinds of plants and animals. This year, Wales Nature Week is all about nature in our gardens

Here at the Botanic Garden, we might not be open to visitors right now but we’ve devised a wonderfully fun programme of things you can do in your garden to learn about and enjoy nature.

Try having a go at each one of these suggested activities right across Wales Nature Week

Saturday 30th May: Get Started With Wildlife Recording In Your Garden

Gardens are vital habitats for wildlife, providing shelter and refuge. Not many people are aware that the total area of gardens in the UK is greater than the total area of all our National Nature Reserves put together – meaning if we all look after our little patch with care, we can contribute to supporting biodiversity. Now is a great time to get into wildlife recording, with all the time we are spending at home and the change in the weather!

 

Sunday 31st May: The Daily Nature Discovery Walk

Transform your daily walk into an exciting Nature Discovery Walk.  Become a nature detective spotting, recording and gathering natural treasures.

 

Monday 1st June: Wildflowers for June 

Discover which kinds of wildflowers might appear in your garden this month. Some might call them weeds – we think of them as great sources of pollen and nectar for pollinating insects.

Tuesday 2nd June: Build your own Bee Hotel

To help support populations of solitary bees in your garden you can create your own bee hotel where you can watch the life cycle of these fascinating creatures. It truly is an amazing thing to see a little bee carrying materials to make a nest all by herself.

Wednesday 3rd June: – Make Your Lawn More Friendly for Wildlife

Mown lawns can be an important part of gardens, but if you have space, why not give an area of your lawn over to nature, turning it into your own mini native wildflower meadow? Find out more on transforming your lawn into a meadow in this blog written by Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn.

Thursday 4th June: Gardening for Pollinators

Gardens are becoming increasingly important refuges for pollinators and other wildlife. This booklet provides some tips on how you can attract more pollinators to your garden.

Friday 5th June: – It’s Time to go Peat-free

As a gardener, one of the best things you can do for the environment is to abandon the use of peat compost. Healthy plants can be grown without using any peat –  join this botanic garden, the National Trust and botanic gardens around the world to stop habitat destruction by using peat-free compost?

Saturday 6th June: Make an Edible Rainbow Garden

Whilst we are recognising the amazing work that the NHS and the key workers are doing to help us throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, we think it would be fitting to create an Edible Rainbow Garden, as a living tribute and gratitude to the people who help us

Sunday 7th June: Urban Gardening

Knowing what to grow can be a challenge, but it’s always best to choose your plants based on the environment you have available, so for example, if your garden is shady, try to avoid plants that need a lot of sun.  Take a look at the different crops here to find one that suits you and your garden.