Botanic youth plants seeds for old

New botanic garden helps older institution to continue growing

A new national botanic garden is helping a much older institution to continue growing. The National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW) is providing plants for a new glasshouse of Mediterranean plants being created at the 180-year-old National Botanic Garden of Belgium (NBGB). The move is a sign of the Welsh garden’s revival after a year of financial crisis. NBGW senior horticulturist Jessica Gould said: “It’s great that such a young garden like ours can help such a well-established place.” NBGB head of education Gert Ausloos said: “Although NBGW is young, it is firmly established in the world community. We are all pleased that it has managed to come through its financial problems — it would have been terrible if such a fantastic place had closed.” NBGW employs 10 gardeners, only five fewer than full capacity, and the latest funding from the Millennium Commission, Carmarthenshire Council and the Welsh Assembly has now come through.

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