Wales Wildflower Weekend

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Discover the joys of wildflowers

With orchid-rich meadows and displays of rare and endangered wildflowers from Wales and around the world, you have a unique opportunity to get up close to some of nature’s most precious treasures.

With talks, guided walks, have-a-go activities, special displays and fascinating stalls, we’ll have enthusiastic experts on hand to not only to talk to you about wildflowers but also the pollinators which allow them to survive.

This year, there’s a special emphasis on our Welsh wild orchids. Sue Parker of the Hardy Orchid Society and author of 3 books on orchids including the Wild Orchids of Wales, will be giving two standout talks on ‘Welsh Orchid Species’ and ‘Top Orchid Sites in Wales’. She’ll also be co-leading a walk onto Garden’s orchid-rich hay meadows, when you may learn a few tips on how to attract wild orchids to your land.

There should also be a few orchids on Bruce Langridge’s tour of the Conserving Welsh Plants area. This is an incredibly successful series of displays of wildflowers from some of Wales’ most iconic national nature reserves such as Cwm Idwal, Great Orme and Kenfig Burrows. Bruce will also be introducing our brand new display of plants from Breidden Hills SSSI near Welshpool.

Dr Michael Isaac’s tour of Waun Las NNR will take in Cae Tegeirian, a hay meadow so rich in orchids that its Welsh name means Orchid Field.  Expect a few surprises on this 2 hour walk across farmland that surrounds the  formal Botanic Garden.

Did you know Wales has launched its own national seed bank? If not, Dr Kevin McGinn will not only tell you all about it but he’ll give you a chance to contribute to it. Expect to learn a thing or two about this seedy business.

As the Botanic Garden is doing some real groundbreaking research into pollinating insects, no Wildflower Weekend would be complete without an appreciation of the bees, hoverflies, moths, beetles and butterflies. American expert Dr Deborah Sazer will be wafting her butterfly net and and showing you her bee pots throughout the weekend.

Here’s the programme for the weekend:

We advise you to book your place for Sue Parker’s two talks as numbers will be limited – click on the links below.  No need to book on the other walks. All walks and talks are free with admission.

Saturday 22nd June

11-11.45am

Pollinating Insects: guided tour with Dr Deborah Sazer*

12-12.45pm

 The Wild Orchids of Wales: talk by Sue Parker of the Hardy Orchid Society in Theatr Botanica

1-1.45pm

  Wales’ Rarest Wildflowers: guided tour of Conserving Welsh Plants Display with Carly Green**

2-2.45pm

 Hay Meadow Wild Orchids: guided walk with Sue Parker and Bruce Langridge*

 

Sunday 23rd June

On Sunday 23rd, there’s the exciting chance to meet and speak to Barbara Brown, Welsh Officer for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, about wildflower recording and sharing your passion for wildflowers with others through social media.

11-11.45am

 Mediterranean Wildflowers: guided tour with Bruce Langridge*

12-12.45pm

 The Top Orchid Sites in Wales: talk by Sue Parker of the Hardy Orchid Society in Theatr Botanica

1-1.45pm

 Seed Collecting for the New National Seed Bank of Wales:

have a go at collecting wildflower seed with the Garden’s Science Officer Dr Kevin McGinn*

2-4pm

Wildflowers of Waun Las National Nature Reserve: guided walk with Dr Michael Isaac*

2.30-3.15pm

 Pollinating Insects: guided tour with Dr Deborah Sazer*

 

* Walks start at the western entrance to the Great Glasshouse

** Walk starts at the Conserving Welsh Plants display

We advise you to wear suitable footwear for all outdoor walks.

If you have any worries or would like to know more about any of the walks,talks and activities,  please email bruce.langridge@gardenofwales.org.uk

This event is 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.