National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

Penned on the 19th March 2021

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

From the world's largest single span glass house to hidden fairy glens, these gardens really are a paradise for any nature lover. 

The National Botanical Garden of Wales first opened in May 2000. It's most famous feature on site is 'The Great Glass House' which is the largest single span glass house in the world...any plant lover’s dream! The gardens are also well known for the late 18th century Double Walled Garden, which you can explore during your visit.

This delightful venue is host to many workshops such as 'Get to know your Wildflowers' and 'Beekeeping Taster course'. Those who wish to improve on their green fingered skills or have a desire to get more involved in all the joys that mother nature has to offer, should look no further than learning new talents in this botanical haven! 

The National Botanical Gardens have a range of events throughout the year. They focus on the seasons which makes everything bespoke and extra special. They even host outdoor cinema nights at dusk. Pack your picnic blankets, popcorn and prosecco, and settle down to a much-loved film surrounded by bee's and butterflies. Pure bliss! 

Here are a few of our favourite areas to explore throughout the gardens: 
  • The Great Glass House- The showstopper of these glorious gardens. The Great Glass House is host to the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the northern hemisphere. This stunning selection of plants, have been carefully chosen from 6 different nations: California, Australia, The Canary Islands, Chile, South Africa and The Mediterranean. This enchanting dome captures their natural beauty in an imaginative display from start to finish. 
  • The Apothecary Garden and Hall- The garden is full of plants and herbs that have been used to treat and heal the body. It is amazing to learn what nature provides us in terms of medicine. Next door, the Apothecary Hall is a recreated Edwardian Pharmacy. It will transport you back in time with their display of tinctures, ointments and potions.
  • British Bird of Prey Centre- A dream come true for any animal enthusiast. The British Birds of Prey Centre offers two daily flying shows all including Hawks, Falcons, Kites, Buzzards and Golden Eagles. There is also a daily owl display. The opportunity to get involved in these demonstrations can be arranged for your visit. 
  • Spring Woods and Wild Garden- A magical experience for anyone who adores beautiful blooms! The spring woods are especially dazzling from March- June. A blanket of primroses, snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells will help to drift you away to a fairy-tale world. The wild garden is also a spectacular display of colour from spring- autumn. Surrounded by the sweet smell of peonies and orchids you will be sure to escape the stresses of everyday life. 

The gardens also have children's play areas including a Fairy Wood and there are two different delicious places to eat: The Stable Block and Y Pot Blodyn Garden Centre.

This fantastic venue is hoping to re-open daily, in the next few weeks from 10am-6pm. They even allow dogs on Mondays and Fridays to wander through the wildlife. Be sure not to miss their exhibition 'Of Foresters, Farmers and Fish- Tales from the Wildwoods of the Old and New World'. 

Where to stay nearby…

A Welsh wonder, Syddyn Fach is a rustic rural retreat. The natural beauty that surrounds this hidden cabin, allows you to truly relax in the unspoilt Carmarthenshire countryside. This charming, dog- friendly barn conversion, sleeps two and will definitely be a glamping holiday to remember. 

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