Monday saw the official opening of the ‘Plas Pilpala’, Butterfly House at the National Botanic Garden of Wales by Honorary president of the gardens Sir Gareth Edwards CBE.  In his speech the new Garden Director Huw Francis said: “This is a very important day for us and a very special occasion so who could be better than Sir Gareth to do the honours and declare Plas Pilipala officially open.”  There are over 500 butterflies in the house and it is an almost magical experience.  A purpose built ‘nursery’ has been built which houses the chrysalis, so newly emerging butterflies can be seen.  As well as being a beautiful to watch the butterflies underpin scientific research in the garden on the importance of butterflies as pollinators.

The opening of the Butterfly House is part of the plan for the gardens to appeal to a wider audience and become a sustainable business.  It already attract scientist and gardeners from around the world and with the addition of this Butterfly House, the bee gardenchildrens play area and the straw maze, family fun is guaranteed.

We love the Botanic Gardens and want our guests to enjoy their many delights so people who book with us directly through our own website at either Pen Y Garn Cottage or 94 High Street Tumble we give complementary tickets to the gardens.  The bonus for me is that I can then get to talk about gardening.  A win / win situation!