National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Middleton Hall, Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN

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The setting is the site of a 19th century house and grounds and some of the landscaping has been restored, providing marvellous vistas as well as detail.

Home to a magnificent glass house with the largest glass span in the UK, there are also lots of artistic features throughout the gardens, but many areas are not "pretty" as the garden is a scientific project rather than purely aesthetic or entertaining. There are pleasant areas of course, and in the height of summer, the plots testing various combinations of wild flower seed mixtures are delightful. The glass house is devoted to dry climate plants with sections devoted to South African, Mediterranean, Californian and Australia flora. There is a small cafe in the glass house, serving cold and hot drinks (annoyingly in disposable cups) and home made cakes. The morning we were there, a special attraction was the green tea and raspberry sponge. A huge slice of this was very rich and exceedingly delicious - and sufficient for 4 of us to share!

The other enclosed area regularly open is a tropical house with more humid conditions and lots of butterflies.

I particularly enjoyed the double walled garden and the fruit and vegetable plots.



You could pay extra to add the "Birds of Prey" centre to your visit , but for adults there was enough to see in a day visit without this.

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August 2018

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