A Garden of Delights on Our Doorstep
The National Botanic Garden of Wales may be not quite in Pembrokeshire, but we’re fortunate in that it’s only just across the border, in Carmarthenshire.
It is open to the public all year round and it really is unmissable – for a multitude of reasons.
The most obvious one is that it is home to the world’s largest single-span glasshouse which contains a stunning display of plants from the Canary Islands, Chile, California, Western Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean. They include some of the most endangered species on the planet.
It’s as delightfully restful to wander among these exotic plants, sheltered beneath the vast glass roof, as it is just to see this remarkable building from a distance.
Another treat is the all-glass, but much smaller, Butterfly House where you can get up seductivelyclose to these beautiful insects. This building sits in the corner of the large double-walled formal garden that greets you when you arrive.
Other attractions include the small but perfectly lovely Japanese garden, the ebullient flower power of the Wallace Garden, and the magical child-friendly (and childlike-adult-friendly) Fairy Wood.
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN; 01558 667149; botanicgarden.wales; open 1 Nov-31Mar, 10am-4.30pm; 1 Apr-31 Oct, 10am-6pm.