These beautiful botanical gardens have been on my list to visit for a while now and they quickly became one of my favourites.
We walked into the humid Tropical House and walked through the palm tree lined pathway that surrounds a pond of Koi Carp. I loved how the walls seemed alive with roots growing up them like veins whilst the reflection of the sun cast beautiful shadows against the aging plaster.
From the Tropical House you are lead to the Sub-Tropical Palm House with its peachy pink coloured walls, and a towering bird-of-paradise plant, an array of ferns and a beautiful circular window framing the Japanese Garden outdoors. There was also a fabulous exhibition chronicling how the earth’s vegetation evolved over time which was incredibly interesting and done so well, lining the perimeter of the room.
The Japanese Garden is beautiful, bringing the tranquillity and beauty of Japan to this quaint interpretation. It also houses an impressive bonsai collection.
There was a haiku hanging which I later researched and translates as follows:
dreams of being a tall tree –
until the wind blows.
Don Barnard 2005
We headed back indoors to the Mediterranean Glasshouse, where there was a plethora of flowers, colours and fragrances surrounding us.
There is so many lovely sections to these gardens, including a butterfly house which houses butterflies from as far as Africa, America and the Philippines. It was fascinating to see some of the chrysalides hatching, and taking in the different vibrant colours of the butterflies dancing around us.
Entrance to the gardens costs £7.50 to enter and the Gardens are open every day except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.