The National Botanic Garden of Wales is situated in Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is towards the end of the M4 and took about 3 hours from Oxford. It is well worth a visit. I liked the wide open spaces, well designed grounds and interesting collection of flower, tree, building and nature. It has been designed to promote and educate about biodiversity and sustainability. The waste water is used to fertilise the plants!
We arrived early to set up the the 5km Peace Run race. Early morning is a good time for photos.
It was a great March morning, still, dry and a little bit of brightness.
Several lakes were still with the reflection of trees.
Mist in the valley.
Daffodils in Flower
March isn’t the best time to visit any garden. But, the numerous daffodils help to highlight the national flower of Wales. The Great Glasshouse seamlessly blends into the landscape.
The garden is well designed with mixture of flowers, trees and local stone. A view over the double walled garden.
Daffodils amidst Betula Pendula.
More daffodils in the car park.
The trees were bare, but there is still a rugged beauty in the bare branches.
Some early tulips amongst a red barked tree. The walled garden is behind.
Early season Hellebore.
The Giant Glasshouse reflects early morning light.
There is a great exhibition of tree stumps (Stumpery) which was taken from a rainforest in Ghana to highlight deforestation. I saw this stumpery collection outside the Natural History Museum in Oxford.
Stumpery from a distance.
5km Peace Race
To co-incide with the arrival of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run through Wales, a 5km race was held with 60 members of the public braving the early morning to run 5km around the Botanic Gardens.
The Peace Torch
The Peace Run. That is a statue of a bull in the background.
A few brave souls going for the fancy dress prize – running in flower costumes.
The Peace Statue
More photos of Wales Botanic Garden
Mist in valley.
Botanic Gardens at midday.