Saturday, September 19, 2009


There was a time when all the little villages in our area would hold their own "show" of garden produce, crafts, baking, etc. This year, they have all combined to hold the Big Village Show at the National Botanic Gardens which is just down the road from us at Llanarthne, near Carmarthen.

Along with loads of other exhibitors we arrived last night and, having found our way to the tradesman's entrance -- which gave us a behind the scenes view of the gardens, which was fun -- to set up the photographs which the dh has entered (in the spirit of community, which is what these shows are all about).

There are four big marquees and the flowers were already arriving -- I'll take some photographs when I go back on Sunday to have a really good look around.

One of our friends, Les Bryan, is entering his hand carved love spoons and spinning wheels -- and his granddaughter will be entering in the miniature gardens category (she won last year!)

Everyone was so friendly and having such a great time. I hope the crowds turn out to enjoy the spectacle -- and the gardens of course, which are now taking on their autumn colours. It's worth the walk to the top of the hill just to see the stunning views.

Oh, and for the Dr Who fans amongst you, the Garden's great Glass House will feature in Dr Who and the Waters of Mars, to be on UK screens "Novemberish" -- there's a clip on the Garden's website (I can't figure out how to put it here).

News of my trip to London later in the week!


Nell Dixon said...

We were there a few weeks ago - great place to visit but take your own food and drink as the restaurant there is expensive and doesn't offer much choice - very national trust type menu. Loved the schools gardens there and the medical garden and museum bit

Liz Fielding said...

How sad that you were so close and I didn't know!

Agree about food, although it tends to be expensive anywhere like this. But are a captive audience so it pays to think ahead.

Lacey Devlin said...

Oh I'd love to see it! Sadly there's nothing like that around here :( I'll have to move ;)

Caroline Storer said...

Have to confess as a "North Walian" I've never visited the botanical gardens! Shame on me. But I saw a piece on the BBC welsh news last night and it looked a good day out. Will try and get there one day (soon)! Take care. Caroline x

Jan Jones said...

Good luck to the Photographer!

Liz Fielding said...

Thanks, Jan! See today's post :)