Buried in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, there is a place that is filled with such natural beauty you can’t help but swoon a little bit.
Recently I had been feeling a little out of love with my photos and I realised that I needed to shake things up and find somewhere new to shoot. I have been looking all over google to try and find somewhere that would create a beautiful backdrop for some pretty dresses. Looking through Instagram I found pictures of roses and peonies galore and thankfully someone lovely had geotagged them as Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
We arrived and were greeted by an exotic kingdom of trees and a beautiful Koi pond. It felt as though we had stepped into a tropical rainforest, where the flowers are stunning and the weather is humid. The first few sections are whats known as the ‘glasshouses’ and as you walk through it is like you a walking from season to season in exotic countries. They range from Tropical to Arid plants and flowers, so there is defiantly something for everyone. My favourite would defiantly have to be the Mediterranean room where it was as if I was walking inside a rainbow. There were petals of every shape and colour, from pretty, pastel pinks and purples to vibrant and fiery oranges and reds. The vines had grown and were cascading from bars along the ceiling and everything smelt completely divine, I could have stayed and sat in there for the rest of the day.
Exiting the glasshouses, we were greeted by dry, fresh air as we began to explore some of the outdoor plants that are native to the UK. At this point I have to point out that I am not a green fingered person and I cannot even keep a cactus alive, so if you are worried that you will not enjoy the experience because you aren’t the next Alan Titchmarsh then I am here to tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong. I promise that you can still enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the florals around you without knowing how to pronounce the names.
Beginning to explore the outside we found a lovely, little woodland walk that brought us to a selection of rhododendron bushes that spoke to me perfectly. It was as if I had found a place that time didn’t matter, that I could exist in my own perfect wonderland and as I was taking the photos it was lovely see the bumblebees thriving and make the most of the pollen that was available.
We took a slow walk back up whilst taking in the natural beauty around me and we found ourselves at the cutest little tea room that sold the most delicious gluten-free cake. Anyone that knows me well, will guess that this was an opportunity that I could not pass up on, we enjoyed salted caramel coffee and posts of tea whilst munching away on delightful little cakes.
After a change of outfits and a refresh on the make-up and hair we were back outside to finish looking around the scenery. We were able to pay a visit to the cottage gardens and experience what it would be like to live as self sufficient by growing our own vegetables and herbs. Leading through to the most historic part of the gardens you can witness what it would have been like when the buildings were used to farm for families rather than witness the beauty of flowers. We followed this on by going back out through the entrance but taking in an exhibit that is only available for a limited time.
Currently, the botanical gardens are playing host to a selection of bonsai trees that have been flown in from Japan. This exhibit has been designed to the honour the Japanese culture and show of some the beauty it has to offer. As you walk through the garden you feel a sense of peace come over you, as if the feung-sui is working wonders with your chi.
Although we found we had seen the majority of the sites I imagine that someone who understands the semantics of growing these beautiful beings would have been able to spend hours analysing each individual blade of grass and silky petal that was available for viewing, I found that I was able to take in the beauty with time to spare. Overall, it was almost perfect day and I could not recommend going more, it is a peaceful place in the middle of one of busiest cities in the UK. Please let me know if you have visited and I would love to see your photos and hear about your experience.