Inverness Botanic Garden in Scotland
The most northerly point on our recent Greenhouse Tour of Scotland was Inverness Botanic Garden and we arrived as the hothouses were being watered; droplets made their way across Begonia, Calathea and many a palm leaf and we made our way slowly around the curved 90s-build greenhouse complex.
Through the Orchid roots and Tillandsia trails we found great big Taro stalks, nestled next to Philodendron Selloum and probably the largest Monsteras we'd ever seen. Admittedly we did dodge a fair few bright-red Bromeliads and Anthurium flowers that had been brought in (we find alot that people tend to 'brighten the place up a bit') but we also didn't have to try too hard to find the lush foliage that we really love to see. The tropical house is split over two levels which provided us a new vantage point and with it new perspectives and botanical compositions.
We moved from the humid climes of one glasshouse to a more arid environment in another and found ourselves stepping down into the rock-filled cacti house. The colour palette pleased us greatly here; a myriad of bluey-greens and greeny-blues punctuated by the occasional spine of golden ochre. Tall tree-like Aloes towered above us in the dug-out sandy beds, Euphorbia reached out full fleshy arms and Sedum Burrito seemed to drip down the warm slate towards our feet. This room was HOT, so it's not surprising that these guys loved it in there.
Inverness Botanic Garden is free to visit.