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The Botanical Gardens were first opened in 1832
and apart from the 4 glasshouses which were added during the 19th century the
layout of the gardens is much the same today as the original design. The
original objective for the gardens was to encourage the study of plants from
around the world, however today its objectives are more towards conservation of
species threatened by exploitation, so it houses plants which are considered to
be important to the human race, those which have influenced history and
represents a variety of climatic zones.
There are 4 glasshouses which include:
Tropical House - which houses rain forest vegetation, a 24ft lily pond and
economic plants such as coffee, cocoa, bananas, pineapple and sugar cane.
Subtropical (Palm) House - stands 8metres tall and is home to Tree ferns,
orchids and insect eating plants.
Mediterranean House - recreates the atmosphere of a Victorian conservatory or
orangery and has citrus fruits and seasonal ornamental displays.
House - recreates an arid desert and houses a collection of living stones as
well as cacti.
The gardens cover 15 acres of ornamental
gardens and includes:
Rhododendron Walk - a shady walk planted with new and established varieties.
Garden and Waterfall - is a miniature mountain landscape, with the rock pool
providing a home for water based plants.
Herbaceous Border - is near the playground.
Gardens and Woodland Walk - the Fern Glade or 'jungle' and the Woodland Walk
form a pleasant route by which to return to the Terrace or Glasshouses after
touring the lower portion of the garden.
Historic Gardens - is an area containing Roman, Medieval and Tudor gardens.
Yard - demonstrates various ways Alpine plants can be displayed.
- has conifers, pines, redwoods, cedars, large and Douglas fir.
Garden - plants of culinary, medicinal and ornamental herbs on display.
Garden - found behind the playground a little redbrick cottage is the focal
point of a traditional cottage garden.
Wildlife Glade is a small plot carefully managed to reproduce a flower meadow.
Garden and Fountain - is home to early flowering plants and shrubs which bring
colour throughout the winter months.
Collection - is a small arboretum of maples.
Children's Discovery Gardens - where children can get to feel the natural world.
Lawn and Bandstand - an amphitheatre and acts as a suntrap so is a popular spot
Garden - demonstrates the collections of ornamental and economic plants of the
Other attractions on the site include:
birds in indoor and outdoor aviaries
the National Bonsai Collection - 25 hardy bonsai trees in a courtyard
and plant centre
Gallery with month exhibitions of local artists work.
Children's' adventure playground
Their website has a Plant of the Month feature
so you can find out which plants are currently in bloom or at it's best to be
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens,
Getting there: From M5 J3 take A456 to City
Centre. Turn right onto B4129 and follow signs to botanical gardens.
Access: Wheelchair access throughout the
gardens and glasshouses. Large FREE car park for visitors
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Address: Birmingham Botanical Gardens,
Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Postcode: B15 3TR
Telephone: 0121 454 1860
Opening Times: All year except Xmas Day.
Apr-Sept 9am-7pm; Oct 9am-6pm; Nov-Ma5 9am-5pm. Sunday's open at 10am. Last
admission 30 minutes before closing.
Charges: Adult £7.50; Child (5-16) £4.75 Under
5's FREE; Family £22;
Seniors/Students/Disabled + Helpers £4.75
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Notes: Children under 16 must be accompanied
by an adult. Baby changing facilities available.
No pets in the gardens except guide dogs.
Other facilities include a Tea Room serving
coffee and light lunches, a shop, a library and the Gallery which houses
exhibitions of art by local artists.
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