INTRODUCTION TO WALES BOTANIC GARDENS
The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire stretches over more than 500 acres of beautiful, pollution-free countryside. This is the site of the old Middleton Estate, a Regency parkland whose gardens, lakes, woodland, undulating hills and wildflower meadows provide a variety of habitats and microclimates for plant and animal life to thrive. Since most of the world's national botanic gardens are situated in urban centres, such a harmonious blending of the natural and cultivated and the rich diodiversity it supports, is rare.
Wales is home to over two thirds of Britain's native plant species, some of which grow nowhere else. Since opening in May 2000 Wales Botanic Gardens, these native plants, whether trembling in the Arctic-Alpine habitats of Snowdonia, nestling among the grasslands, sheltering within the ancient woodland or basking in the warm climates of the southwest coasts and islands - now have a botanic garden specially dedicated to their conservations.
Across the mosaic of lakes, streams, marsh, semi-natural woodland, meadows and formal gardens, Wales Botanic Garden provides a home to:
* over 100 types of butterfly and moth
* hundreds of native plant species
* more than 60 varieties of bird
* thousand of frogs, toads and palate newts
* common lizards, grass snakes and slow worms
* twenty species of mammal