Garden Club Outing To The National Botanical Garden of Wales (past event)

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The  Picton Castle Garden Club members enjoyed their first meeting of this year to  the National Botanical Gardens of Wales.  We planned our late February visit in order to cheer ourselves up and to  catch the National Collection of snowdrops in bloom.

Roddy Milne the Head gardener at Picton  Castle and Ivor Stokes, retired Director of Horticulture at the NBGW showed us  around the varied landscapes and attractions. Without their guidance we might  have missed so much. We noted the collection of Welsh whitebeam trees and enjoyed the three  nursery glasshouses the tropical house and the biomass boiler development.

Ivor gave us the background stories about  the Great Glasshouse designed by Norman Foster and the Bee Garden with its  viewing gallery and close circuit cameras. The day was warm and we were fortunate to see some bee activity. We  stopped for lunch at the excellent Stable Block Restaurant and continued our tour to the  Apothecarie’s Garden and Old Pharmacy and finally retraced our steps along the Broadwalk.

As well as being inspired and enthused by our visit there were  practical ideas too.  I liked the hinged cold frame prop that  locked in position with a piece of drain pipe! (see photo)  It was a  wonderful start to what promises to be an exciting year for the Picton Garden  Club.

Cathy Arthur
Garden Club Member