Glasgow Botanic Gardens

I was born in Glasgow, went to school and university there, spent the best part of the first 40 years of my life in the city, but I don’t think I’d ever visited the glasshouses in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens until last weekend. We were there just after they opened on Sunday morning when everything was still wet from a good early soaking. The scent of the hyacinths was almost overpowering as we entered, the display was highly colourful (bright and cheery, not intended to be subtle). Buoyed by the RHS Unit 6 on Protected Cultivation, I was fascinated by the automatic vents that closed when the wind got up and the rain came on, the humidity in the palm house, the green shading in the (cooler) orchid house, and what I think may have been carbon dioxide emitters in some areas.

There are some exquisitely beautiful orchids and some rather hideous (to my taste) creations. Loads of Dendrobium and other epiphytes, just hanging around. Bananas and palm trees under a tropical canopy (complete with Victorian winding stair so the good burghers could climb up and experience life in the canopy above).

It’s a fascinating resource with a wealth of information about plants and plant history, including collectors, rare plants, history and prehistory, geology and land formation.Dinosaur fodder!

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