About the Event
Wonderful wildflowers will be celebrated with two days of special events at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this weekend (June 16-17).
Wales Wildflower Day has been held at the Garden for the past six years but this year, as part of the Growing the Future project, it will be a weekend-long celebration of these important and beautiful flowers.
Nature lovers will get the chance to get up close and personal, not only with a whole host of wildflowers, especially in the orchid-rich meadows, but with the insects, butterflies and moths which mingle with the wild plant life as part of Wales Wildflower Weekend.
Why should we care about wildflowers? With talks and guided walks, experts will be on hand to talk about wildflower and pollinators. They’ll also demonstrate how you can help to conserve wildflowers, and their pollinators, in your own garden.
Saturday’s highlights include a talk on how to create a wildflower garden, by the Botanic Garden’s Head of Science, Dr Natasha de Vere, and a Welsh-language guided walk by Garden volunteer, Marie Evans, which will also be suitable for Welsh learners. Also on Saturday, there will be a special tribute to the late Quentin Kay, who was instrumental in establishing the National Botanic Garden of Wales and was on the original steering committee, working tirelessly to bring it into being. There will be a display of his life’s work in Principality House and a walk to a new commemorative bench in an orchid-rich hay meadow.
Sunday includes butterfly and bee walks by Deborah Sazer and a talk on Wales’ rarest wildflowers by one of the Garden’s horticulturists, Carly Green. A full programme of walks and talks can be found on the Garden’s website.
There’ll be something to get children interested in wildflowers too, with our fab family activities! The weekend’s activities include guided walks for children, clay botanical pressing, finger print painting and making foam bee coasters.
Organiser Bruce Langridge said: “Our beautiful orchid-rich meadows and displays of rare and endangered wildflowers are only a few minutes from the Garden’s Four Seasons restaurant. Wales Wildflower Weekend will be a great opportunity to join plant enthusiasts and pollinator experts in being inspired by Welsh wildflowers.”
The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm. Admission to the Garden is £14.50 (including Gift Aid) for adults and this includes entry to the new British Birds of Prey attraction. Under 5s are free. Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.
This event is part of the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ Growing the Future project. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.