The National Botanic Gardens of Wales (2), Llandarthne, Carmarthenshire
 
The Entrances, Great Glasshouse, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

This shows two of the entrances and the grass bank which forms part of the lower structure with the glass dome on top.

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The Great Glasshouse, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

As we walked into the Glasshouse this is the view that greeted us. This place is HUGE!.

There is an area on one side with tables and chairs where one can sit and enjoy some food or drink from the kiosk nearby.

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Refreshment area, Great Glasshouse, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

If you do eat here you will become very popular with the local bird population. These are local wild birds and are not here by invitation but they know when they are onto a good thing.

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Paths in the Glasshouse, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

There are many paths around the glasshouse and they look very tempting; encouraging one to discover where they lead and what there is to see on the way. You may also come upon something surprising from time to time.

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A very tall Dragon Tree, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

This Glasshouse is very high as evidenced by this rather tall Dragon Tree which is one of the most iconic plants in the Glasshouse. The red sap of the dragon tree was used by the original natives of the Canary Islands to mummify their dead before interring them in caves.

The lower spikes round this tree are Echium pininana.

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An Echium near the Pool in the Greenhouse, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

One of many attractive plants, an Echium, and you may notice, a pond at the back. The bright orange patches are fish.

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