National Botanic Garden of Wales

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Address and contact details
Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG
Tel: 01558 668768
Fax: 01558 668933
Web site:
Latitude: 51° 50' 30" N
Longitude: 4° 9' 00" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1996
Ownership:National Botanic Garden of Wales
Garden code:WALES
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Director: Huw Francis
Curator: Will Ritchie
Contact person: Dawn Moore (
Total Staff:About 60 (some seasonal variation)
Total Horticultural Staff:About 18 (some seasonal variation)
Accessions:Living Plant Collections Policy (2012)
Collections:Living Plant Collections Policy (2012)
Physical environment
Altitude:89 m
Soil type:Boulder clay
Total area:230 ha
Area heated:3500 m²
Other sites of collection:None
Weather recordsSome
Average annual:1164 mm
Month of maximum:October
Month of minimum:March (since records started in 1998; suspect July, which is second lowest, will actually be long-term month of minimum)
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Grevillea maccutcheonii; Sorbus leyana;
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Western Australia, South Africa, California, Mediterranean Basin, Chile (in Great Glasshouse)
Special families within the collections:
Proteaceae, Restionaceae, Myrtaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Banksias, Grevilleas, Proteas, British Sorbus sp.
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Cotoneaster cambricus
Cotoneaster integerrimus
CC Wales
CR T8 Ness
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NBG Wales
Record Keeping:Kept since 1998
Record System:IrisBG
Plant-collecting trips:Yes
Facilities on site
Herbarium:In development
Library:In development
Research facilities:In development
Publications:Guide books to the gardens; leaflets; also a book on the gardens published prior to opening in 2000
Identifications:Occasionally if possible; horticultural specimens only
Teaching and Education:Yes
Interpretation:Daily introductory talks to the Walled Garden and Great Glasshouse; information panels and other written interpretation around the site; audio visual tour of the Great Glasshouse is in development
Friends Organisation:Yes
Approx 4,500
Visitor facilities:Gift shop, restaurant, café, plant shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Public access to all 'front of house' areas; access to the nursery areas by appointment only
Public opening hours:1 April - 31 October 10.00am to 6.00pm
1 November - 31 March 10.00am to 4.30pm
Guiding principles behind the collection
Our mission is 'To establish and develop a National Botanic Garden of Wales dedicated to environmental education and plant conservation, underpinned by world class horticulture and scientific research'. We are a garden still under development, with many projects planned. The Great Glasshouse is devoted to plants from the Mediterranean climate regions of the world; much of the collection is wild-collected and known source, but not all. The Walled Garden demonstrates the evolutionary relationships of plants, using the most recent information based on DNA analysis. Other areas of the garden are purely decorative, but we plan to develop a 'Woods of the World' arboretum laid out on a phytogeographic basis, with plants from areas of the world with similar climates to South Wales. Planting of trees from South West China is planned to begin this winter; most of these will be wild-collected and known source.
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