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Botanical Boost

Mar 15, 2017

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is helping to grow the gardeners of the future with two new apprenticeships in botanical horticulture.

Starting in September this year, the new posts are funded by the National Garden Scheme and private benefactor Patrick Daniell.

Garden director Huw Francis said the two-year apprenticeships are good news for Wales and great news for botanical horticulture: “We have had a long-held ambition to cultivate Welsh talent and this excellent news is a marvellous milestone on the journey to achieving that aim.”

Mr Francis said horticulture represents an excellent career path: “We are doing all we can to ensure that we have suitably, well-trained professionals who can benefit the sector in years to come. There is a shortage of some 10,000 horticulturists UK wide so we are delighted to be playing a leading role for Wales in righting this wrong.”

Patrick Daniell has been supporting apprentices at the Garden since May 2015. The announcement of the NGS apprenticeship was made by National Garden Scheme president Mary Berry at a special ceremony in London yesterday (March 14) celebrating the organisation’s 90th anniversary.

The NGS has raised more than £50 million for charity through its ‘open garden’ scheme.

Mr Francis added: “We are very grateful to Patrick for his continuing support and dedication to this worthy cause and we are very pleased and proud to announce our new partnership with the National Garden Scheme.”

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a registered charity, partly funded by the Welsh Government and Carmarthenshire County Council.

It is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over 5. Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.

For more information about this new scheme or anything else Garden-related, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or go to https://botanicgarden.wales/

BBC’s Peter Gibbs to open North Wales Festival of Gardens 2017

Mar 10, 2017

BBC’s Peter Gibbs to open this year’s north wales festival of gardens at plas tan y bwlch
It has just been announced that TV broadcaster Peter Gibbs, Chairperson of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time, former BBC weatherman and an Antarctic scientist, will be opening this year’s North Wales Festival of Gardens.
This prestigious event will be taking place at the Snowdonia National Park Centre at Plas Tan y Bwlch on Saturday May 27th.
2017 is the second year of the North Wales Festival of Gardens, a unique event which will bring together 24 of the finest gardens within one of the most beautiful regions of the British Isles. The Festival will run for 16 days from Saturday May 27th until Sunday June 11th and will feature an exciting and interesting programme of special events, including the opportunity to meet garden owners and head gardeners, take part in ‘behind the scenes’ guided walks and workshops and attend lectures, concerts and exhibitions.
Perter Gibbs, who has worked for the BBC for over twenty years, will begin proceedings with a talk on his work and his role as Chair of one of the most popular and longest running radio programmes in the world, Gardeners Question Time, which was first broadcast in 1947.
Peter said; “It is a delight to be opening this exciting event. Snowdonia has always been a favourite haunt of mine and I am excited to be returning to the area”.
After his talk, there will be refreshments and then a tour of the beautiful gardens of Plas Tan y Bwlch, a spectacular Victorian garden nestling in dramatic mountain scenery within the Snowdonia National Park. The garden covers 13 acres and hosts a magnificent collection of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas in spring, which includes a 130-year-old rhododendron tunnel and some of the largest trees in Britain.

Overlooking the garden is a dramatic Victorian-Gothic mansion, which was once home to wealthy slate-quarry-owners the Oakeley family. Now run as the Snowdonia National Park Authority’s study centre, it is also possible for garden visitors to view inside this historic building at certain times.

Tickets for the Festival opening event with Peter Gibbs are now available by calling 01766 516024 or emailing bookingoffice@ffwhr.com
Plas Tan y Bwlch is located approximately five miles east of the coastal town of Porthmadog on the A487. For further information on visiting the garden please telephone 01766 772600, Email plas@eryri-npa.gov.uk or visit www.plastanybwlch.com

2017 North Wales Festival of Gardens

Mar 10, 2017

The brochure for the 2017 Festival is now available for download – click here