The National Botanic Garden Of Wales

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Welcome to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium.This year is our seventh birthday.

In such a short time period, we have developed into one of the most fascinating gardens in the UK. Already we have the most visited garden in Wales and are helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world.

The Great Glasshouse is a large glass-domed structure that houses plants from several Mediterranean climate regions. The Great Glasshouse is said to be the world’s largest single-span glasshouse. It is 95m long and 55m wide and is partially built below ground level. The roof contains 785 panes of glass. The plants are divided into sections from Chile, Western Australia, South Africa, California, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean itself.

The Double Walled Garden has been rebuilt from the ruins, and is being developed to house a wide variety of plants, including a modern interpretation of a kitchen garden in one quarter, and ornamental beds to display the classification and evolution of all flowering plant families in the other three quarters. Near here a new Tropical Glasshouse will also be built in 2006 onwards to continue the classification displays with tropical monocotyledons. All classification is in accordance with cutting edge research involving the genetic fingerprinting of plants in order to determine their evolutionary relationships to one another

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