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