One can never have too many visits to the Botanic Garden of Wales, especially in January, when entrance is free during the week! Weekend entry in January is only £4 and tomorrow 27th and Sunday 28th there is an Antiques Fair to enjoy too!
Anyway back to my visit today with the Walking Well group led by Philip. Somehow or other he manages to arrange these walks when it is dry and sunny! The weather over the last week has seen our garden flooded! Today, however, with the sun shining brightly a large group assembled in the Botanic Garden carpark to begin a figure of eight walk around the parkland.
The track led us around the perimeter of the first lake with the Great Glasshouse,
The largest single-span great glasshouse in the world houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere
looking like something from Stars Wars ( I enjoyed The Last of the Jedi..last week!) set up high on the opposite bank. Wonderful reflections of the trees in the water- good enough to paint!
Brilliant coloured cornus bushes shone in the sunshine and the aroma from the fountain of green Sarcococca confuse bushes filled the air…everyone stopped to catch a closer sniff!
Passing a desolate farmhouse we walked up quite a steep incline until we reached the top. Here Philip explained there was a spring hidden behind a locked door and a pump room.
It was well worth carrying on up the hill as looking back we had the most marvellous view over the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, including Paxton’s Tower.
We walked along the ridge of the hill until we dropped down again from the Parkland towards the Gardens. We didn’t take a detour into the woods as we were uncertain what we’d find there!
It wouldn’t be one of Philip’s walks if it didn’t entail some mud walking and some nature spotting. There’s an excellent exhibition on at the present in the Gardens by Julie Sheridan of the Last Gallery, Llangadog . Her series of paintings depict the symbiotic nature and pattern of lichen. She may have been able to identify some of our findings!
The Ghost Forest was our next stop!
‘This display of tropical tree roots is one of the most significant environmental art installations to come to Wales
The Ghost Forest has come from the tropical rainforests of Ghana .The oldest tree root is 300 years old, the heaviest weighs 19 tonnes
They’re the inspiration of UK based artist Angela Palmer. She was horrified to learn that a tropical forest the size of a rugby pitch is destroyed every four seconds. Just think how much is lost every minute, every hour………every year.
Apart from the huge loss of species, rainforest loss is contributing to climate change.
Angela Palmer made world ambassadors out of these tree roots. She chose Ghana as it now sustainably manages its rainforests. She brought the tree roots to Trafalgar Square, to the Earth Summit in Copenhagen, to Oxford University and now here, their final resting place.’
Lots of photos as they were amazing especially against the blue, blue sky!
Time for coffee and cake in the Glasshouse surrounded by exotic and some recognisable lovely flowers.
Also to view were the antiques. The Rupert annual…one of my favourites as a child… now classed as an antique!! Help!
The view going down the Broadwalk back to the carpark was far different from last week when everywhere was coated with shiny icy crystals- this week shiny bright sunshine. I do love our changeable Carmarthenshire climate!!
Thank you Philip for another happy, enjoyable walk.