Need help with your orchids? Then the National Botanic Garden of Wales is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2. At the Carmarthenshire attraction’s 11th annual Orchid Festival, there are talks and tips for everyone, from beginners to experts; teenage orchid grower Archie Smith will give a talk entitled: ‘Confessions of a teenage orchid addict’; there’s a demonstration of repotting and mounting; and how to grow orchids at home from seed.
Organised by the Orchid Study Group under the chairmanship of botanist Dr Kevin Davies, the festival really does have something for everyone. Rare and unusual specimens take centre stage in the Garden marquee with a stunning display of blooms by growers from all over the UK, along with award-winning botanical art, carnivorous plants and orchids for sale from popular nurseries and traders.
There’s also the chance to put a range of plants under the microscope and find out in detail what makes orchids so fascinating. There’ll also be family activities to get children interested in these fabulous flowers, plus an opportunity to find out about our own orchids at the National Botanic Garden.