The Best Botanical Gardens In The UK

The Best Botanical Gardens In The UK.

House & Garden profiled the most beautiful flower-filled green spaces to visit year-round in the UK. They are Ventnor Botanic Garden, University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Chelsea Physic Garden, Royal Horticultural Society Rosemoor, and Kew Gardens.

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous ‘Undercliff’ on the Isle of Wight. This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs; it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known. When frost does occur, it is usually of short duration and not great severity. With an average rainfall of 28 inches, its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown. The Garden is unrivalled for its collections of subtropical plants grown unprotected out of doors. Many of the plants are shown in representations of geographical regions, growing in association with each other as in the wild. There’s an impressive collection of succulents and cacti including huge spiky agaves and flowering aloes. Sun-loving herbs, giant echiums, vibrant tender bedding plants and mature palm trees thrive here, as do many colourful South African treasures, Australian eucalyptus, bottlebrushes, tree ferns, and much more.

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