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The National Botanic Garden of Wales Free Access

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Address

The National Botanic Garden of Wales
Middleton Hall
Llanarthne
Carmarthen

SA32 8HN

Telephone

01558 667149

Website

www.gardenofwales.org.uk

Location

7 miles east of Carmarthen, off A48.

Opening Times

10am–6pm (4.30pm during British Winter Time); daily, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission

Adults £8.50; Concessions £7; Children £4.50. RHS members free (Member 1 only) from October to March.

Facilities

Parking Available Access for the disabled Plants for sale Lavatories

Features

  • Bluebells
  • Herbaceous plants
  • Daffodils
  • Disabled facilities
  • Fruit of special interest
  • Glasshouses
  • Herbs
  • Rhododendrons
  • Rock garden
  • Snowdrops
  • Sub-tropical plants
  • Vegetables

Owner

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Comment

The landscaped park and gardens of the 18th-century Middleton Hall estate are the setting for this new national botanic garden which opened to the public in 2000 amid great public acclamation. Near the entrance to the garden is a 'Welsh landscape' with native meadows and woodlands. Then comes the Broadwalk, 220m long, with a rill which runs down through a geological display of Welsh rocks. The garden's collection of herbaceous plants is planted along its edges, with narrow paths leading into the plantings to facilitate access. There is also a Japanese garden and a herb garden, named after the Physicians of Myddfai, with an ethnobotanical collection of native pharmacological Welsh plants. However, it is the Great Glasshouse which has received most of the adulation, and rightly so, because it is a stunning piece of architecture - the largest single-span glasshouse in the world. It concentrates upon the Mediterranean floras of the world - cheaper to maintain than tropical floras - including Chile, California, south-west Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean basin and the Canary Isles. The garden has had some funding problems, but recent generosity by the Welsh Assembly and Carmarthenshire County Council has put it on a sound footing, and visitor facilities are of a high standard.

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