It’s July, we are supposed to be in summer, what better month is there to celebrate garden visits than now? As my blog sidebar chat states, you don’t need sensible shoes here. I should probably add - you don’t need an umbrella or the current month either ;-)
Today, we are clicking our heels back to April 13th. You may well ask why. Answer: Old pheasant’s eye wasn’t the only plant that caught my eye on our wander through the Glasshouses at Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens. We particularly enjoyed our visit through The Kibble Palace which went through a restoration lasting three years from 2003-2006. If you follow the link you can take a virtual tour and find out more on its history.
The Kibble Palace holds a national Tree Fern collection (planted back in the 1880’s).
As much as I’m embracing plants for colour & pollinators, I still love green & foliage.
A glasshouse favourite perhaps – seen at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens too :-)
The leaf patterns made me think of metal work & rivets – a sculpture subject?
Back in the garden I’ve grown a variety of ferns, I'm getting more selective now.
I really should add this is delicate flower & foliage to the garden wildflower list :-)
I lost a different variety a few years ago – under glass may work here too.
Real flowers & buds are so much better than false glued-on ones aren’t they?
It’s great to see tropical rainforest plants growing in Glasgow’s West End :-)
It’s fair to say that Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens are completely different in style and planting. Edinburgh I am very familiar with and have many fond memories, here on my first visit to Glasgow, I found it had a charm all of its own. Different is good when it comes to gardens, giving the gardener inspiration in a variety of ways.
Where I find Edinburgh more of a tourist attraction, its scale and location makes it so, Glasgow came through to me to be a garden of the people and I guess its location makes that so too. I loved the idea of a garden for the locals and anyone just passing by. Being a plantswoman at heart, Edinburgh, I love for its plant collections especially in the Chinese Hillside Garden.
On entering the Kibble Palace, where tourists were also seen, I will always remember the trio of smart looking, elderly ladies (locals we were guessing) on a very sculptural bench. They looked like they were just in for a natter – fantastic to see. Our wander felt like we were on a park walk, but indoors, under glass and with tropical plants. There was a warmth and welcome felt here.
Our wander outside, again a park feel with beds of seasonal bedding and mature trees, didn’t take in the whole garden as we had a time limit on our visit. We did pass a nice well-equipped children’s play area enclosed to the side of a main path and there seemed to be a community garden too – what a great idea! Making a search for a link I found this to be, The Children’s Garden and felt it would be great to share this too.
“Our aims are to promote good healthy food, healthy outdoor exercise, friendship, arts and music, and to support schools (but not necessarily all at the same time!) In the ten years of The Children’s Garden we've done some of that, but there's plenty of scope to develop this remarkable project further..”The Children’s Garden website
“VOLUNTEERS: WE NEED COMMITTEE MEMBERS, ARTISTS, GARDENERS, STORYTELLERS, WE ALSO WELCOME HELP FROM COMPANIES, TO HELP GET SOME OF THE HEAVIER GARDEN WORK DONE.”The Children’s Garden website
I love the request for help with the heavier work. Artists and storytellers in a garden setting is just great to see too. I expect storytelling may be found in the extensive and impressive list of events run by Edinburgh Botanical Gardens and connected gardens, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan Botanical gardens too. There’s also an Edible Gardening Project at Edinburgh.
The Kibble Palace was my favourite part of Glasgow Botanical Gardens. I loved the building, atmosphere and plants - especially the walk through the tree ferns. There is no charge to visit it or any other Glasshouses at Glasgow which are open 10am – 6pm (4:15pm during winter). It’s no surprise then that the glasshouse benches see friends meeting up :-)
The gardens themselves are open from 7am to dusk all year round. On street parking is available but limited on Queen Margaret Drive so you may have to drive around nearby streets to get parked, as we did.
Garden Tour over, sadly no Painted Lady butterflies toured my garden over the weekend. I do hope other parts of the UK saw them. Rain visited many times, as it has this past week. Friday evening was dry, so it was a late blast of garden border clearing to get the Monarda plants finally in - ready for the Painted Lady and any other passing butterflies and bees.
Needless to say, here in Scotland and with my small pond edging this border, the midge was out too. I may have completed the garden border by artificial light, but by gosh there was nothing artificial with the Scottish midge bite. At 11:30pm this was my latest gardening end on record too - word must have got around that there was a mad and tasty gardener out! I blame the bright night for keeping me out so long - the outside light didn't come on until around 10:45pm.
I hope you had a great weekend, I suspect many of you may have been out visiting gardens. I hope so too. I’ll have to click my heals and do some virtual garden visiting myself now. See you soon :-)
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in July 2016.