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Welsh National Botanical Gardens

Listed under Parks in Wales, United Kingdom.

  • Photo of Welsh National Botanical Gardens
  • Photo of Welsh National Botanical Gardens
  • Photo of Welsh National Botanical Gardens
  • Photo of Welsh National Botanical Gardens
  • Photo of Welsh National Botanical Gardens
  • Photo of Welsh National Botanical Gardens
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The last time I had been here was 2002 and my, how time had changed things…for the best!  It was a joy to see the plants in the great glasshouse, designed by Lord Foster and how they had matured.  A wonderful place to visit.  They have an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside.  Our guide, David Hardy, is also the Head of Marketing and Communications.  A new post for him and is he excited!

They have developed a stunning range of themed gardens that appeal to a wide range of visitors, from those who just love the sight and smells of flowers to those who want to know about medicinal plants or the latest DNA research into plant evolution.

Waters of Mars, one of David Tennant’s last appearances as BBC TV’s Dr Who, was filmed in the Great Glasshouse, and watched by over 10 million viewers. Over two chilly evenings in February 2009, the BBC props department transformed the Glasshouse into a giant Biosphere, where the first human colony on Mars have been infested by a strange life-form which causes their bodies to gush copious amounts of water

They are trying out some new green technologies and ideas to combat climate change and reduce the resources that they use. They have even created a new cartoon character, Lili Lloyd, to illustrate these ideas. Lili is based on the Snowdon Lily (Lloydia serotina), a lovely white flower that grows on the hillsides of Snowdonia in North Wales. It is likely to become the first plant in the UK to become extinct due to global warming.

A great place to take the family and spend the day or just come by yourself and get lost in the beauty of both the gardens and the surrounding countryside.  They have a very, very good guidebook so be sure to get it when you arrive.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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National Botanic Garden of Wales

598 acres of the Towey Valley of Carmarthenshire belongs to the Welsh National Botanical Gardens and is covered with gardens, lakes and glasshouses growing a huge variety of plants and flowers. Described in a 19th catalogue as “richly ornamented by nature and greatly improved by art”, this land flourishes, fuelled by a focus on recycling and conservation.

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