Special announcement - Coronavirus : COVID-19

Closure of Friends Plant Shop

It is with great regret that the Friends Plant Shop will be CLOSED for the foreseeable future due to the CORONAVIRUS Covid-19 issue.  


History

1919

1919

1919

The private estate of the wealthy Vivian family is bought at auction by the Swansea Corporation for the sum of £90,000 for use as a public park.


1923

1919

1919

The new Singleton Park is “thrown open to the public on a Sunday”. Park Superintendent Daniel Bliss, who trained at Kew Gardens, began his ambitious plans to oversee the transformation of the park and garden.


1926

1919

1939 - 1945

The Educational Garden officially open to the public on May 25th as a “collection of economic plants and British flora”. 

1939 - 1945

1939 - 1945

1939 - 1945

Part of the Garden is turned over to growing vegetables for the Dig for Victory campaign. In 1944 over 1500 American troops were billeted under canvas in the wider park. After training on local beaches the troops left for the D-day landings on Omaha Beach, Normandy.


1960

1939 - 1945

1960

By the sixties, the Educational Gardens employs 6 gardeners and 2 apprentices to tend to the increasingly important collection of plants.


1987

1939 - 1945

1960

After sixty years the original wooden glasshouses had become unsafe.  Over the next few years they are demolished and replaced with aluminium structures which survive to this day.


1990

1990

1990

A superb ornate eighteenth century pond and fountain dated from 1773 is moved from Castle Gardens to this site.


1991

1990

1990

The Educational Gardens are renamed as the "Botanical Gardens"


1994

1990

1994

Run by a group of volunteers, the Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Complex , FCSBC, is founded with the aim of supporting the work of the Botanical Complex.

2006

2006

1994

With financial help from FCSBC, Tŷr Blodau building is opened. This purpose built education and visitor centre hosts a programme of activities related to horticulture and wildlife as well as being available for hire.  

For more details about hiring see below.

2017

2006

2017

FCSBC raises funds and opens an extension to the Botanical Gardens. The Wildflower/ Wellbeing Garden is the latest page in the Gardens’s story – it is a “little slice of wild” created among the more formal setting of the traditional Botanical Gardens.

 


Contact the parks department

About matters relating to use of the Botanical Gardens e.g. "Lost property in the park", "Can I take wedding photographs?"

Parks Operational team, The Botanical Gardens, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 9DU, United Kingdom

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