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NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Llanarthne
Carmarthenshire
SA32 8HN

7 miles east of Carmarthen, off A48.

568 acres

Tel
01558 667149

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, 10am–6pm (4pm close, Nov–Mar).

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - 1 Oct–31 Mar.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Gravel garden
  • Herbaceous border
  • Japanese garden
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • National Plant Collections
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
National Botanic Garden of Wales

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a charity dedicated to the research and conservation of biodiversity, to sustainability, lifelong learning and the enjoyment of the visitor. With an amazing collection of more than 8,000 different plant culivars spread across more than 226 hectares (560 acres) of beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to visit throughout the year. 

The Botanic Garden is home to the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, the Great Glasshouse, which is poised on the Welsh landscape like a giant raindrop. It houses some of the most endangered plants on the planet that come from six areas of the world: California, Australia, the Canary Islands, Chile, South Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. There is a stunning range of themed gardens to enjoy that will appeal to a wide range of visitors, as well as an arboretum, National Nature Reserve and, opened in early 2021, a magnificent restored landscape. 

A five-year project has seen the restoration of a 1.5km (almost one mile) lake, a waterfall and a cascade; a new 350m (1,148ft) dam built, and six new bridges. This means that visitors can now enjoy beautiful woodland walks with breathtaking views. The Botanic Garden is also home to the British Bird of Prey Centre, where visitors can enjoy stunning flying displays every day.

While dogs are not permitted on a daily basis (except for assistance dogs), it's 'Doggy Day' every Monday and Friday at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.