As is customary our art group, Gelli Aur Painters, arrange an outing in the month of August to visit a place altogether to sketch and chat. The Botanic Garden of Wales is not far away from where we usually meet for our art sessions but it’s like visiting a different world!
There are many different aspects to enjoy in the Garden and in our group we are fortunate to have two Garden volunteers and they were going to give us more information whilst we had our walk around. Of course no get together can start before everyone had enjoyed a coffee in the coffee shop. Lots of oohs and aaaahs when our new 2019 Calendar was produced for us all to see and to do a final proof reading before it is sent off to be printed. It was very exciting to see the finished calendar with all our paintings displayed so beautifully and many, many thanks were made to our ‘leader’ for all her hard work and effort collating our art, planning the layout, taking photos of all our paintings and finally uploading it all onto a calendar making website…clever stuff!
Setting off into the Gardens we all walked through these two curving ‘walls’. It was then that one of our ‘volunteers’ jumped into action explaining that this is the ‘Scaladaqua Tonda’! which means curving water steps which is what they are! They were designed by William Pye. Standing in the centre on the central stone one can create an echo! I tried and it works!
We passed the Japanese Garden
‘It is named Sui Ou Tei, a reflection of the national flowers of Japan and Wales – the cherry tree and daffodil.
The Real Japanese Garden was brought here piece by piece from the Chelsea 2001 Flower Show where it won a gold medal and the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ Award. It consists of three traditional Japanese gardens – the Stream and Lake Garden, the Gravel Garden and the Tea Garden. Filled with symbolism and guided by Zen philosophy, this is a lovely place to sit and contemplate.’
Just checking and looking to see how to make one of the lovely containers!
Following the path around we saw the new maze that has been created this year using hay bales. No time to try it out this time but many will be returning to the Gardens later in the summer when they have family visitors staying and the maze looks a great place to lose some for a short time!
Leading off from the Bee Garden where there are 250,000 bees a buzzing the Group headed up to visit the new amazing British Bird of Prey Centre. We just caught the end of a wonderful flying display and promised to return at a later date to catch it all. There are 20 native birds of prey including hawks, falcons, kites and buzzards, as well as eagles!
A wedding was taking place in the Great Glasshouse. Such a happy occasion couldn’t have found a better location surrounded by all the beautiful plants from all over the world and serenaded by all the birds singing!
One always has to be on the watch out for dragons…it is Wales after all!
No one in the Group wanted to go and try out these fun balls but they may return another time!
Heading towards Plas Pilipala, the Butterfly House we passed glorious wildflower mini meadows, where different seeds are being tested and butterfly/insect counts taking place.
Moths seem to have arrived in with the butterflies, they were magnificent and large! The flowers blooming there were stunning!
The dragon seemed to be following us as we enjoyed marvelling at the wonderful sewing work on display.
After gathering together again for a tasty lunch it was noted that only one tiny sketch had been made by one person! It was decided that each moment in our lives is a picture, which we’d never seen before so we should just relax and enjoy it as it happens! Sketching can wait a bit!
Wonder what paintings we’ll do after being inspired by the best away day in lovely warm sunshine, in delightful company, in our very own Botanic Garden of Wales!