October with its wonderful change of colours is quite possibly my favourite month in terms of the change in seasons. I adore watching the leaves all turn to wonderful burnt reds and oranges. Beautiful.
The children all enjoy searching for conkers and collecting Autumn “treasures” and there are plenty to be found here at the National Botanic Garden Of Wales.
You’ll know if you’ve been following this blog that we’ve teamed up with the Gardens to bring you monthly updates as to what’s on here and how wonderful a place this is for children especially, to explore and discover.
This month we’ve enjoyed a final picnic in the park before it becomes too cold to sit outdoors, we’ve climbed a few more trees…
… and a large gate (I say with my head in my hands and apologise profusely to the Gardens for my errant children)…
… and discovered the fairy woods.
October also brings with it Halloween and having small children makes this all the more exciting as they love to carve pumpkins, and what better place to do that than here at the National Botanic Garden Of Wales.
The event has run for the whole week of half term and for a donation of just £1 per child they could each choose their own pumpkin and carve it in the beautiful setting that is the glasshouse here, they also made hedgehog hats which they very much enjoyed making. This event ends on Sunday 30th October.
Talking of the glasshouse, did you know that it is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world and houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere! It really is impressive and you can learn all about it by visiting and taking a tour.
Another fascinating part of the Gardens is the Butterfly house which is open until January so if you’ve not been yet you simply must as it’s a sight to behold especially when they land on you! There are some more pictures of the Butterfly House in our September In The Garden post.
We also discovered an “echo spot” in fact we discovered that there are two! One near the entrance in the middle of the fountain and one atop the hill behind the glasshouse. If you stand in the echo spot and talk, as I began shouting I was told “you only need to talk” (rather embarrassing haha!) you do indeed hear your voice echo but only to yourself so anyone watching me talking or indeed shouting to myself must have been quite bemused!
Being October the sun hung low in the sky and made for beautiful shadows and photographs and Tiggy’s brothers wore wellies and enjoyed splashing in the water features and racing “leaf boats” in them too…
What’s on at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in November:
Wednesday 2nd November
Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th November
Saturday 6th November
Felting course: Double Ruffle Scarf
Monday 7th November
Wednesday 9th November
Sunday 13th November
Willow weaving course: Christmas Willow Reindeer
Monday 14th November
Wednesday 16th November
Friday 18th November
Members’ coffee morning, Theatr Botanica – Dr Toby Driver, Aerial Archaeology of West Wales – Illustrated Talk – Members Only.
Saturday 19th November
“Plants In Space” 12noon-4pm
Star Gazing Night 6pm-9pm
Ghost Walk x 2 at 7pm and 8:30pm
Sunday 20th November
Their Light Still Shines 2:30pm – A special service of thanks for those we have lost.
Monday 21st November
Wednesday 23rd November
Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th November
Stained glass Course: Christmas Decoration
Monday 28th November
Wednesday 30th November
And of course there were a few flowers here too…