2016 — The Haarkon Year in Pictures

In our first year of sharing our travels we've seen some spectacular sights; some very close to our home and some a little further afield. We've lost count of the number of greenhouses that we've explored and our 'yet-to-explore' list just keeps getting longer. Our hope is to really travel and to see what the world's many botanical gardens, potting sheds and sun-drenched summer houses hold for us. 

2016 brought us botanical adventure, interiors that inspire and some really tasty food. Here are our month-by-month favourites:

Inside the David Mellor house.

January brought a tour around this beauty of a house, originally built for Sheffield cutlery designer, David Mellor. 

Red Kites at Gigrin Farm.

During February we stayed at Harp Cottage and witnessed dozens of Red Kites have some lunch

Indoor plant collection.

In March we shared our (now seemingly very small) houseplant collection. 

Modernist house in Bridlington.

April and the north-east coast welcomed us with open arms and sunshine. We stopped in this incredible AirBnB in Bridlington and drank lots of whisky. 

An indoor jungle in Leeds.

May was a plant-filled month (when is it ever not?!) and we struggled to name just one highlight but decided to go for the underdog... Tropical World in Leeds. Take a tour here. 

Souvenirs from a nature walk in Cornwall.

June took us on our Summer holidays and to the varied sights of the South West. We ventured into many a jungle and walked miles and miles of Cornwall coast

House of Small Wonder - plant-filled cafe in Berlin.

July was a month of great food in Berlin. Need we say more? 

The cacti house at Dyffryn Gardens in Wales.

In August the sun shone and the cacti waved their spiky arms at us as we toured a short while in Wales. So many gardens! Above is the view that welcomed us into Dyffryn Gardens. 

Inside the plant-filled Conservatory Archives in London.

Midway through September we finally made it to Conservatory Archives and after months of seeing it come up on our Instagram feed we jumped at the chance of making a firsthand visit. We've been so many times since that first visit and the views change every time. 

Asif Khan's plant installation for MINI Living at London Design Festival 2016.

In October we shared the urban jungles that Asif Khan built for MINI Living as part of the London Design Festival in Shoreditch. 

Woodland walks on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

November came and we jumped in the car to see what had changed on the Isle of Skye since our visit last year.

Indoor plant display.

And finally December; we rested, we decorated our house with lights and made plans. 

We have an never-ending list of places that we'd like to explore; Japan, Scandinavia and America are fighting for their place at the top and we've no doubt that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of greenhouses waiting for us wherever we may end up. 

If you have somewhere you think we'd like to visit please let us know.