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National Museum Wales Land of Our Fathers

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  • The three greenhouses represent the museum's sites:
  • Big Pit Mining Museum, Blaenavon shows the regeneration of slag heaps left by the coal mining industry. From lichens and mosses to small herbaceous pioneer plants on to woodsy shrubs like gorse.
  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff - a Laboratory at NMW houses more than three million specimens and employs scientists actively researching botany, zoology and geology.
  • Waterfront Museum, Swansea shows the environment of Wales, past and present – including beautiful fossil corals and a seagull tangled in plastic to highlight future challenges.

About the Garden

Three small glasshouses represent three of the seven National Museum Wales' sites, demonstrating how the geology of Wales underpins the soil, plants and animals that are found here. The first glasshouse portrays Big Pit, the National Coal Museum, focusing on coal spoil regeneration, where plants such as pearly everlasting and gorse thrive. The second represents National Museum Cardiff, indicating how plants are used in scientific research. The third profiles coastal habitats near the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, highlighting salt-tolerant flowering plants such as thrift and sea holly.

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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.