National Botanic Garden of Wales
National Botanic Garden of Wales was one of the first places we visited when we came to Wales to look for our new home. The views from the top, by the glass house is what sold Wales to us. We fell in love with the surrounding beauty that is the rolling hills, castles, lakes and hovering Red Kites. We have been back many times since and will visit many more times in the future.
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales is the no.1 garden to visit in Wales and it is easy to see why. It has a huge focus on education and holds quite a few events throughout the year which are aimed at all different members of the family. There are two cafes and one restaurant where we have enjoyed several cups of hot chocolate and the odd slice of cake, which can be quite welcoming after a walk around the gardens on a cold day. The main meals in the restaurant always looks and smell delicious and I must try one soon.
There are several areas to the site, you can walk through the woods, sit and watch the wildfowl on the garden lakes, walk in the warmth and beauty of the Great Glasshouse (largest single span glasshouse in the world) or take a stroll through the stunning walled gardens. There is so much to this large wonderful garden that you can go back time and time again and still see things that you haven’t seen before. This is a wonderful place to take the children as there is so much outdoor space.
There is also a lovely little plant sales area as you exit the gardens where you can purchase plants and garden accessories.
It does cost to visit the gardens but they offer something that not many places like this offer and that is free entry for the entire month of January. So there really is no reason not to visit!
Activity that can be done in the Gardens:
Identifying colours in nature
This was an activity that a friend of mine thought up, she also made the paint pallets just before we went on our walk. Make a paint pallet by painting patches of different colours onto a piece of card. Then get your children to match up the colours in nature; on trees, leaves or even in the sky to the colours that are on their paint pallet.
Mother and Daughter day out at the Botanical Gardens
Today, whilst my son was in nursery and my partner was at work I decided to have some Mummy and Daughter time. Due to a bad back I am currently unable to carry Evie but she has a beautiful three wheeled Pram from Mothercare which is perfect for muddy walks. We have had a very wet few months but as the sun was shining I was quite excited to get out walking. Don’t be fooled by the beaming sun as there was a very icy chill in the air.
We walked around the lakes and watched all ducks and moorhens enjoying the sunny day. We then decided to walk around the outside of the gardens, around past the lakes, which was so beautiful and so quiet. We didn’t see a soul down there. The walk up was tough as I was pushing the Pram uphill into the freezing wind. After a fight with the cold I walked to the cafe and enjoyed a lovely warm hot chocolate whilst my daughter had her lunch. All the staff are so lovely and helpful there, they all chatted to Evie, and being the lovely little girl that she is, she smiled back at them. We then headed back through the walled gardens, where I saw several little robins perched on the trees, then we went through the vegetable garden and back out onto the main path. We had to head back quite quick as Freddy was due to come out of nursery soon. It was probably one of the nicest and relaxing afternoons I have had since becoming a four person family.
Website – www.gardenofwales.org.uk
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN