photograph of Carmarthenshire Its verdant rolling landscapes and headlining horticultural attractions have led to Carmarthenshire being known as 'The Garden of Wales'.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in the Tywi Valley of Carmarthenshire in 2000, the first of its kind to be created in Britain in over 200 years. This is truly a garden for a new age with everything from Mediterranean flora to typical Welsh species, imaginative landscaping and astonishing architecture. At its spectacular centre, the Sir Norman Foster designed Great Glasshouse, the world's largest single span glasshouse, is a delight for the senses as colour and scent abound.

The Garden celebrated its 5th birthday in May 2005 and anyone who may not have visited Carmarthenshire since its early days will see a huge change in the botanical garden as the planting matures and the attraction continues to grow its event programme and features.

Also in Carmarthenshire, and only a short drive away from the National Botanic Garden, is Aberglasney. It's a hauntingly beautiful 16th and 17th century garden which has been designed to incorporate six different garden spaces in its 10 acres. It also has a well deserved reputation as one of the UK's most exciting restoration projects.

The garden has an exciting addition.. An unique winter garden has been created within the ruinous courtyard of the mansion house housing exotic species that fill the air with their perfume and riot of lush greenery.

Close by is the National Trust's Dinefwr Park. Acres of gracefully landscaped parklands overlooked by the imposing Dinefwr Castle, from the top of which the visitor has a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of Carmarthenshire and the beautiful Tywi Valley.

In the west of Carmarthenshire, the Hywel Dda Centre is a fascinating addition to any visit. A garden created in tribute to one of the great Welsh kings and the legal code that he devised which was run until the Act of the Union in 1536. Six interconnecting gardens display extracts of these laws illustrated on slate plaques, whilst the Interpretive Centre features a permanent exhibition about Hywel and the Law.

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