September 22, 2016

Cambridge Botanic Garden


In late August we visited the Cambridge Botanic Garden. I have a real thing for glasshouses and the ones here didn't disappoint. 

This post originally appeared as one of a series of Travel Notes I have written for the Weald Store journal, but as it's one of our new favourite places, I thought it was worth sharing here too











In late August we visited the Cambridge Botanic Garden. I have a real thing for glasshouses and the ones here didn't disappoint. 

This post originally appeared as one of a series of Travel Notes I have written for the Weald Store journal, but as it's one of our new favourite places, I thought it was worth sharing here too

The original Cambridge Botanic Garden was founded in 1762, as a typical Renaissance physic garden. It was opened to the public in 1846 and has since developed to occupy a 40 acre site, with over 8000 different species.

We are drawn to the glasshouses, filled to the rafters with weird and wonderful specimens. Slender pathways stretch the length of the glasshouse and we weave amongst the plants, opening each door off the main corridor in turn.

In the alpine house, we discover the most delicate of succulents, while the arid lands house surrounds us with prickly cacti.

Huge climbing plants tower above us in the central palm house and the lush, dense canopy above creates a magical quality of light. Condensation blankets the glass and there is an audible drip, drip, drip as the moisture runs down the walls.

The Botanic Gardens overwhelm all of our senses and we are at once immersed in this verdant oasis.

Learn more about the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

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