Yes, when the sun comes out in the 0121, we are spoilt for choice. And, one of the top choices of them all is our beautiful botanical gardens. Waltz through the underbrush and into the light of Birmingham. A dreamscape awaits you here.
Wrap up warm during these closing winter months and watch the garden embrace springtime. Beauty in the natural progression is abundant in Birmingham’s botanical gardens. Here’s everything to keep your eyes out for during your visit:
Creatures great and small
Stroll around the swathes of greenery, witnessing the wildlife that roam the trees. Head into the butterfly house for a tropical paradise of rare species that will freely come and land on you. Your photogenic scale is sure to hit the roof with a Heliotrope perched on your shoulder.
Elsewhere, you’ll find majestic peacocks, houses of parrots and friendly robins around to gaze at all day at the botanical gardens.
Towering, bushy trees among the vibrant flowers underscore your whole visit. It’s the glue that makes the entire canvas come to life with style. You’ll find everything from camellia sinensis to wollemi pines to handkerchief trees (hey, not a bad place for a quick sob then, as it turns out).
Take a wander into one of the many greenhouses to transport yourself out of blighty and into the world’s exotic utopias. Birmingham Botanical Gardens are the perfect hotbed of shrubbery to walk through and feel at one.
There are seasonal walks meticulously designed and assigned to each month of the year. Go to the gardens’ website to find a detailed plan for a walk for any time you choose. You’ll also find the plants of the month for each time of year. For instance, May is set to be a cracker for spotting some of the most gorgeous species.
Tea and cake!
A relaxing weekend walk among nature followed by a sit-down and a brew is as perfect a day as any, and The Tea Room Pavillion serves just this purpose. Cake and coffee is the order for a chilly spring afternoon! It’ll even dish up a slap-up lunch to break up your day with hearty grub. In summer, you can sit outside the café, perhaps gripped by a novel and adding to your still non-existent tan.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, B15 3TR