Botanical Gardens in Swansea's Singleton Park

What to see

The Botanical Gardens in Swansea have a renowned 40 metres double herbaceous border.  Many mature trees of national importance.  Glasshouses with orchids, temperate and tropical plants.  


Wildflower meadow in season.  Colour and interest all year.  


If you are looking for plant sales in Swansea visit "The Friends Plant Shop",it  is open Wednesday all year and Saturday April to September from 10 am to 2 pm. See our Plant sales Page.

Guided walks available.


Tŷr Blodau , is a purpose built  meeting room with a kitchen and is available for hire.  


Botanical Gardens

Singleton Park

Swansea, SA2 9DU

United Kingdom


The Glasshouses

Take a look at our page about the Glasshouses. The tropical, economic, temperate and cactus houses are certainly worth a visit.

See also

The Tree Register

Find out more about the Tree Register  . . .  Click on Button below

History

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

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

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

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

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


1987

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

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


1991

The Educational Gardens are renamed as the "Botanical Gardens"


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

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

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.

 


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Tŷr Blodau

The purpose built meeting room at the Botanical Gardens

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