I’ve traveled to England again and I’ve explored a new spot that I absolutely loved: the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses. It was a very pleasant and sunny out so it was a perfect day to go. If you don’t have a car available, it might take a bit longer to get there but it’s not far from the city center. The admission fee is £7.50 for adults.
The first thing area you enter is the one containing tropical plants. For obvious reasons, it is really hot in there. At first it is quite annoying, especially since I was wearing a thick coat and a scarf, but you get used to it after a while. And it’s what allows the exotic plants to grow there in the first place, so it’s not too bad. There’s a little pond in the middle of this glasshouse and it’s surrounded by many species of plants. There is lots of interesting information to read about them as well. The next area is the sub-tropical one, which is quite similar to the tropical one but not as hot (thankfully)… You’d think I could handle the heat better living in Spain!
From there you can go to the Japanese Garden, to the Mediterranean area or outside. The Japanese Garden is small but very pretty (and provides a breath of fresh air after the hot greenhouses).
The Mediterranean area as one of my favorites because of all the colorful flowers and the adorable cat that was hanging out there. Maybe the Mediterranean climate in that glasshouse reminded me of home… From there the arid glasshouse was next which had a lot of prickly-looking plants and cacti.
I didn’t think there was much more apart from the glasshouses but I was so wrong. There is so much to see outside. The big bird cages weren’t my favorite because I’m not a huge fan of birds but they definitely are impressive.
You can spend hours walking through the trails which features a small pond and a wooden bridge, gardens, a small cottage, a children’s playground, plenty of benches and even little gazebos. As you can see, there are plenty of things to see outside. We were pretty much alone except for when we crossed a few other visitors now and then.
It is truly a very peaceful spot to walk around and just take in nature, something that we city-dwellers need every now and then.
These pastel tulips were absolutely perfect for Easter weekend! And I couldn’t help but take a picture of these white and golden flowers that look like they’re made of silk.
I really recommend visiting Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens if you have a chance, especially on a sunny day!