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The National Botanic Garden of Wales - introduction (part 2)


By hywel


I didn’t see much of the grounds. It was very windy, and I only had the afternoon, so it was impossible.
It is so big you need a few days to see it all

So I thought over the next year I’d go during each season – it’s near enough – and that way I can show you all the different parts of it, and what it looks like throughout the year.

Here for now are a few random photos, just to give a ‘taste’ of it really

This lake is inside the entrance

Pretty flower beds :-

Some just waiting to be planted

It all looked in a mess really. It was sad to see it like that. I do hope something can be done to improve it in the future.

Sculptures :-

Fountains :-

And that rill ran out of it, going down the slope

Shop, cafe etc

Meadows :-

Conference centre :-

Coffee shop :-

Plant sales :-

Garden shop :-

There was also a Japanese garden, walled garden, nature reserves, lakes etc etc …… but I didn’t see any of those.

So, like I said, I will have to make several more visits during the year from now until next summer, and then I can show you all of it through the seasons.
I think that will be nice :o)

Here are some views of the surrounding Carmarthenshire countryside which can be seen from the gardens

Well I hope you’ve all enjoyed these two introductory blogs. I will try to be more organised next time lol :o))

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30 May, 2011


Looks good to me. Love those lupins. Very interesting place and great photos Hywel.

30 May, 2011


I too love those lupins, lovely photos, lovely blog thanks Hywel.

30 May, 2011


Lupins...gorgeous. This installment of your blog shows the gardens in a good light...more colour which was missing in your first edition, Hywel. I hope you can get back during the various would be lovely to see more photos when you can get there.

They have quite a few plants for sale it seems....did you get any that day?

Your countryside scenes are very pretty....nature does it best!

30 May, 2011


Enjoyed the tour Hywel and those lupins Wow they just blew me away;0)

30 May, 2011


It looks such a lovely place. Thank you so much for sharing :))

30 May, 2011


it looks lovely hywel ~ thank you for putting this on here ~ i have never been. im not sure where it is
it is a little bit like the edinburgh botanical gardens.

30 May, 2011


It doesn`t look a mess on your lovely pics Hywel and anybody seeing them would definitely not be put off visiting, you have probably inspired more visitors , now that is a good thing, if I ever get near there I`d like to visit.
I`ve enjoyed both blogs and hope you do get to visit at different times of the year. Many thanks for sharing..

30 May, 2011


How come those Lupins are so fab?? When I plant mine they get eaten up so have given up on those, I also love that dragon fly sculpture Hywel, its a beautiful place just needs some TLC. Thanks Hywel.

30 May, 2011


I was thinking how tidy they keep it, I also think it looks a lovely place to visit, the lupins are lovely, so glad you shared it with us Hywel

30 May, 2011


Lovely tour Hywel and lovely views over Carmarthenshire too a couple of lovely old buildings too and that water fall love the way it runs down the lupins were gorgeous, perhaps once those plants get planted and establish themselves you will be able to get a photo how well they have done.

30 May, 2011


Now that's a great place - wish we had something like that here :):) Those lupins were so cool!!! great blog and pictures Hywel

30 May, 2011


looks a great place Hywel.... nice pics....and blog.. : O )

30 May, 2011


Hope to see this place this year:) it's not far away from me as well;-) thanks for sharing:)

30 May, 2011


Looks lovely Hywel - pity about the wind. The lupins were very impressive.

30 May, 2011


Thank you for everyone's comments :)
I only showed photos of the good bits lol It really was in a neglected state.

Whistonlass I bought a blue Meconopsis :)

31 May, 2011


Very nice choice, Hywel....I've just looked at some photos of the blue Meconopsis and they are very attractive.

31 May, 2011


I've tried them before, when I lived in the old cottage, but I think the garden was too dry for them. It was on a slope and faced south-west - it used to get very hot and windy aswell. I hope they do better here. They're lovely flowers.

1 Jun, 2011


Thanks for these two blogs Hywel, I must definitely try to visit. Rachel would love the dragonfly statue!

As people have said, your pictures have shown the gardens in a good light even if they are a bit run down when you actually see them. Lets hope they pick up again.

1 Jun, 2011


Lovely pics.... hills are pretty as usual in your part of Wales :o)

1 Jun, 2011


:o) Yes the scenery is very pleasant around here
Thanks TT.

2 Jun, 2011


Another interesting blog, Hywel! I liked all those places you showed us & it doesn't look too untidy. But then as you say you've only shown us the best bits!

Like you felt disappointed with these gardens I, too, felt the same way about the Cambridge Botanical gardens I blogged on last year. It's a shame they can't be kept in much better conditions.

Looking forward to your future visits & corresponding blogs as well! :-))

5 Jun, 2011


the daffodils and snow drops in the spring are amazing up there....the hill in front of the dome is covered in thousands..the Japanese garden was brought there from chelsea a few years ago and is tucked away by the walled garden..i love the view of paxtons' tower in your last pic...
did you go into the walled garden? it used to be lovely in looking forward to your next blog to see how it is developing

6 Jun, 2011


Its a good idea to go back again and again through the year, its amaising how quickly the gardens change, even with a couple of weeks between.
I like the stream running through the concrete. Its simple but striking. And dont those lupins look great planted on mass!

12 Jun, 2011


I hope Spritzhenry sees this blog Hywel. She was a bit puzzled that quite a few visitors wanted Lupins. These should give her a clue as to which to grow for next years Open Days. They are stunning. I like your photos very much. They show a garden with quite different ideas from the usual. I love the rill running down from the fountain. There seems to be plenty of interest in spite of the fact that the period between the spring bulbs and the herbaceous perennials coming into their summer finery is often quite dull in lots of gardens. The new planting looks interesting and i will look forward to seeing what it becomes. As always you do give us a great insight in to your part of Wales.

16 Jun, 2011


Wonderful Lupins Hywel, but slugs and snails love 'em in my garden. Yesterday's hearty gusts of wind would have ruffled them a bit. So its a good I have your photos to amaze me. It is a shame that these wonderfully designed big garden schemes can get tatty. I think it is to do with funding somehow....given to set up, but not enough to keep it up in entirety over time. Lots of volunteers needed perhaps?

22 Jun, 2011



A new garden..Smitten at photo 1.

Can't wait now Kasy

14 Mar, 2012


I am affraid you'll be dissapointed after a long, long waiting for my blog. Hywel went to see gardens in summer - plenty to see:)

14 Mar, 2012


We are all different..I love Autumn and winter, then spring and summer. :))

14 Mar, 2012


All the seasons are different Kasy :o) There's something interesting in all of them.

14 Mar, 2012


I am so looking forward to your Blogs Kasy. I reckon I have more in common here than Kew.

14 Mar, 2012


Spring is my favourite - all things waking up:) Winter in UK is interesting - remember my first winter here - surprised to see camellia, Prunus 'Autumnalis' flowering, lol.
It's definitelly different here than Kew - but I sort of wish it was as big as Kew. But then I'd have to stay overnight somewhere near to see it all... Remember being locked up at Kew, even with my friend hurrying me up, lol

14 Mar, 2012

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