The David Welch Winter Garden, Duthie Park in Aberdeen — Scotland
Continuing our tour of Scottish greenhouses (albeit not in the order that we visited for some unknown reason!) we're sharing our take on the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park, Aberdeen.
Overall we found the Winter Gardens to be bizarre, for want of a better word. Perhaps we've become used to being in botanic gardens where the plants are studied and carefully curated, spoilt by great historically-rich greenhouse royalty or maybe we were just a little overwhelmed by the bright colours of the geranium flowers in the Victorian corridor here (not pictured, we couldn't bring ourselves to face the acid pink!) We were impressed at the size of the range; a huge aluminium skeleton spread over a large plot, with breathing space in between climates in the form of small courtyard gardens.
Ever-drawn to foliage we naturally preferred the less floral aspects of the Winter Gardens; the fernery with it's arboreal heights and ruffled textures, cactus fireworks, fleshy Euphorbian limbs and last-but-not-least the glorious glossy leaves of the tropical house.
The David Welch Winter Gardens are found in Duthie Park in Aberdeen and admission is free. Opening times, visiting information and travel directions can be found here.