A day spent at the botanical gardens in Birmingham is a day spent among some of the rarest and most colourful plants in the world, as well as some truly stunning winged beauties.
Exploration was very much en vogue in the 17th and 18th centuries, as intrepid men of developed nations embarked on daring journeys to lesser-known spots on the map, seeking adventure, knowledge and wonders to bring home and examine. Among these wonders were many plants that were previously unknown to British horticulturists and botanists. This brought about a newfound interest in exotic plants and the foundation of horticultural societies, which in turn led to the creation of botanical gardens such as Birmingham’s.
There are five glasshouses in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens:<ol>