Well-being Garden Weekend

  • Sat 25 May to Mon 27 May 2019
  • 10am to 6pm
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Well-being Garden Weekend

Following on from the success of our beautiful feature garden at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff, Gardd Lles, we have a special weekend promoting gardens and gardening for health and well-being at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Well-being Garden Weekend on Saturday May 25th-Monday May 27th is all about showcasing the Garden as a place of well-being through a series of talks, workshops, walks and stalls. Furthermore, we aim to showcase ways in which people can get involved in improving their well-being and also showcase work going on across Wales on this theme.

Each day across the weekend will follow a different theme:

Saturday: “The Science of Well-being”

This day will highlight the work going on to improve the well-being of Wales whether that be through conserving our environment and species, or through improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here.

Highlights include:

  • Dr Rhys Jones, Cardiff University Senior Lecturer, reptile specialist, environmental consultant, researcher and broadcaster for the BBC, The Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, will be giving a talk on “Becoming Dr Jones”, including his work in conservation.
  • Short talks by PhD students and other academics throughout the day with question and answer sessions.
  • The British Bird of Prey Centre on-site will host conservation talks about some of their birds and will also introduce the Eagle Reintroduction Wales project.
  • Naissance will be running workshops on how to make your own natural remedies from plant-based material, as well as your own cosmetics.

Sunday: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – Mental Well-being Day”

Focusing on different ways you can look after your mental health and offering the ability to get involved with charities and organisations who put mental well-being at the forefront of their work.

Highlights include:

  • The Ospreys Community Coaches will be at the Garden to give talks and workshops on the mental element of professional sport.
  • Write4Words’ Melanie Perry, who was the facilitator of “Bright Flowers”, a series of creative writing sessions funded by Literature Wales for Women’s Survivor Support Project in Carmarthen, will be running writing for well-being sessions. This incorporates walks around the Garden for inspiration before putting pen to paper in a workshop.
  • Music and the Muse’s Heather Murray, who runs well-being workshops across Wales incorporating music will be running ukulele and samba drumming sessions for all. These will reflect how music can be uplifting for well-being.
  • At the British Bird of Prey Centre, there will be “Reading to Owls” sessions. These are 1-to-1 sessions for children to read their favourite book to an owl.  This scheme was successfully trialled with dogs and children will be able to sit and read with their favourite bird, as well as a photo opportunity.

Monday: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – Physical Well-being Day”

Focusing on a spectrum of different ways you can look after your physical health, which has knock on benefits to your mental health.

Highlights include:

  • The Scarlets Community Coaches will be running rugby skills workshops for children and a touch rugby match for teenagers and adults to get involved with. They will also have activities to “have a go” at throughout the day.
  • Circus Eruption, a free integrated youth charity based in Swansea who use circus skills as a way to create a safe, playful, accessible and creative environment for young people, will be running two circus skills workshops.
  • In the Growing the Future Garden, learn how to grow, choose and brew your own herbal teas with morning and afternoon drop-in sessions.
  • The British Bird of Prey Centre will be running bird flying “give it a go” taster sessions to highlight the benefits to man and bird, to falconry and flying.

Selected sessions during Well-being Garden Weekend are now available to book via the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Event by the Garden’s Growing the Future project which aims to champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being.

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.