Buried in the heart of Birmingham, there is a place filled with such natural beauty you can’t help but swoon. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a magical place to experience nature.
Recently I had been feeling out of love with my photos . I realised that I needed to shake things up. I have been looking all over google to try and find somewhere that would create a beautiful backdrop. Looking through Instagram I found pictures of natures beauty and thankfully someone had tagged them as Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Upon arrival you are greeted by an exotic kingdom of trees and a beautiful Koi pond. It felt like stepping into a tropical rain forest, the flowers are just stunning. The first few sections are known as the ‘glasshouses’ and the 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 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 pastel pinks to fiery oranges. 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 and greeted by dry, fresh air allows time to explore some of the outdoor plants. I have to point out that I am not a garden person and I cannot keep flowers alive.Concerned that you will not enjoy the experience because you aren’t Alan Titchmarsh? Then I can put your mind at ease. I promise you can still enjoy the sights and scents of the florals around you without knowing how to pronounce them.
Beginning to explore the outside we found a little woodland walk that brought us to a selection of rhododendrons that spoke to me. It was as if I had found a place that time didn’t matter. A place that I could exist in my own wonderland and as I was taking the photos it was lovely see the bumblebees thriving.
We took a slow walk back up whilst taking in the natural beauty. 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 pots of tea whilst munching away on delightful little cakes.
After a change of outfits and a refresh on the make-up we were back outside looking around the scenery. We were able to pay a visit to the cottage gardens. This is to experience what it would be like to live 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 to farm for families.
Currently, the botanical gardens are playing host to a selection of bonsai trees that have been flown in from Japan. The exhibit has been designed to the honour the Japanese culture as well as show 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.
Although we had seen the majority of the sites I imagine that someone who understands the growing these beautiful beings would have been able to spend hours here. But I found that we were able to take in the beauty with time to spare. Overall, it was a 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, I would love to see your photos and hear about your experience.