The National Botanic Garden of Wales can be found at Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire. It boasts “the world’s biggest single span glasshouse with the best collection of mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere” – and if you like taking photos of flowers and scenary it’s a great location. This was my first visit and thankfully it was a pleasent March day.
Photography wise, as you’d expect, there’s plenty of exotic and colourful flowers. Perfect subjects for using a macro lens! However, here’s one very useful tip – make a note of the flowers you’re shooting – perhaps by snapping the information panels next to them. After I got home and uploaded the images I realised I had no idea what I’d taken photos of… still, they looked good.
Fortunately, some of the flowers and plants are more familiar and this Magnolia was one of the favourites from the day. More photos taken on this visit can be seen on my Flickr Page.
There’s a lot to photograph at Botanic Gardens and it’s not just about the plants and flowers. The glass dome is spectacular but there are also buildings, structures and of course insects to look out for! Another top tip when visiting attractions is take a look in the shop and check out the postcards and souvenir images – they can be useful to give you inspiration – as can their official Flickr Group!
Entry to the gardens will set you back £8.50 a time, so if you’re planning multiple visits then it may be better value to pick up an annual membership.