Bristol Botanic Garden : Glasshouses - South West
The glasshouses at the Bristol Botanic Garden are hidden down a slope behind a kitchen garden and tucked quietly round a corner - if you didn't know that they were there then you might have missed them... Until you turn that corner. Then you know that you've hit the jackpot.
Cacti, succulents and other hot-and-dry-loving plants (alot of Mediterranean florals) live in the first house. They happily drape themselves over one-another and were all incredibly settled. We like the use of raised benches in greenhouses, especially with potted plants as it brings them to your level and you can move them around to wherever will make them happy.
There's also something to be said about being able to see the pot; we think that it's useful to be reminded that we're indoors and that we've had some sort of human intervention - we like the meeting of the manmade and natural worlds.
In the next room we met the humidity-lovers; the Orchids, ferns and sub-tropical plants. We're not really fans of flowers but we can get on okay with these lot - and when we visited there wasn't much in flower yet so we didn't have to dodge too many bright colours for our photographs! Spanish Moss (Tillandsia Usneoides) is another funny one for us; we put them in the same category as other airplants and that's the "we can't see them grow so we're not really interested" box. Sorry! Ferns we can definitely handle.
Cyperus towering above us - we have this in our garden that we grew from a cutting, although ours isn't quite this tall (yet).
It's fair to say that on the day that we visited the botanic garden we had been incredibly spoiled as we managed to fit in a trip to The Walled Gardens of Cannington and also Desert to Jungle, but each stood their own and we'll certainly be back.
Bristol Botanic Garden is open every day during the summer and is £4.50 for adults.