January, such a beautiful month at the gardens, all crisp and bright and given my disappointment at missing out at the food fair here in December you can imagine my delight when they invited me to one in January! Yay! (You can read December In The Garden by clicking HERE).
We absolutely love visiting The National Botanic Garden of Wales as you’ll no doubt know if you’re a follower of this blog. It’s such a great place to wander, explore and enjoy, especially so for children, it’s one great big playground. There’s so much room to run about here.
January was bitterly cold so playing was somewhat short lived in that Tiggy’s brothers had a short play in the playground and for the first time Tiggy discovered the baby swings.
I say the first time, she has seen them before but always wants to copy her brothers and play on the larger swing…
…but January saw her enjoy the baby swing here for the first time, and with her eldest brother Finlay only too happy to push her she was full of squeals of laughter and delight and it was so wonderful to watch and hear.
Whilst here we of course sampled the food fair and it was just gorgeous! The sights and smells didn’t disappoint and we even met the winner of The Apprentice here and of course demolished her lovely cakes!
The garden was looking somewhat bare being January and of course awaiting to spring into life in the Spring.
However it still looked so peacefully beautiful especially as there were a few early signs of Spring…
There was of course the obligatory jump on the rocks for Tiggy’s brothers but true to form Tiggy wasn’t too far behind wanting to climb and jump on them too.
We managed this month to capture a picture in the fungi exhibit in the great glasshouse and then of course there were a few flowers here too….
What’s On At The National Botanic Garden Of Wales In February
(Garden opening hours: 10am-4.30pm – last entry 3.30pm)
1 February Welly Wednesday – An hour of fun activities for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups! 11am
3 February Star Party – 6-9pm – £3 Entry
4-5 February – Snowdrop Weekend: galanthophile Naomi Slade leads a walk and gives a talk about everyone’s favourite spring flower.
4 February Willow course – making frame baskets for beginners. £35 (£30 members) book with the Education Department 01558 667150
6 February Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden
8 February Welly Wednesday – An hour of fun activities for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups! 11am
Winter Pruning Fruit Trees Course. £35 (£30 members) book with the Education Department 01558 667150
Doggy Weekend – A special weekend for you and your dog
Felting course – creative felting. £35 (£30 members) book with the Education Department 01558 667150
Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden
Members’ Coffee Morning & Talk – Dr Jenny Macpherson talks about her role with the Pine Marten Recovery Project for England and Wales. 10.30am Members Only
Welly Wednesday – An hour of fun activities for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups!
HALF TERM – 18-26 February
Half Term Activities every day PLUS
18 February Jugglestruck
20 February Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden
25 February Digital photography course – Part 1 of 3. £35 (£30 members) book with the Education Department.
26 February St David’s Day Celebration Day – music, craft and food stalls and FREE Entry for all
26 February Felting course – felted flowers. £35 (£30 members) book with the Education Department.
27 February Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden