The Birmingham Botanical Gardens covers 15 acres and were constructed in 1832. Their designer was a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher of the time, J C Loudon.
The gardens are home to what is described as the finest collection of plants in the Midlands and have something to interest both the weekend gardener and the dedicated plantsman. There are also several glasshouses, among them a Mediterranean house and a sub-tropical house. The world of economics is not forgotten as there are glasshouses containing commercial plants such as sugar, coffee and tea. For cactus and succulent fans there is the Arid House, a glasshouse reserved specially for plants from climates with low, irregular rainfall but also for plants who thrive in dry locations such as cliffs or tree branches.
Gardeners should take away many ideas for plantings that they can use in their own gardens as Birmingham Botanical gardens has good herbaceous borders and a cottage style garden. For bonsai lovers the National collection of Bonsai is also housed at the Birmingham Botanic Gardens.
At the weekends one can relax in the gardens and listen to live music played in the bandstand by local jazz and brass bands. Throughout the year there are family activities including crafts, games, quizzes and wildlife studies. There is no need to book these and there are no age restrictions.
During the summer months there are many open air performances of such favourite plays as The Importance of Being Earnest. The performances change regularly so it’s best to ring the Gardens to find out what’s on.
Situated within the Gardens, the Pavilion Tea Room serves meals and light refreshments.
A wide range of gifts, stationery, garden equipment and plants is available from the gift shop.
The Gallery has exhibitions and sales of art and paintings, mainly by local artists.
There is an extensive range of horticultural literature available from the library.
The gardens and glasshouses have excellent access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available on free loan and must be booked in advance.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)121 454 1860