I returned to the Sheffield Botanical Gardens last Thursday on a cold, but sunny day as there's so much to see and enjoy, not only in the glasshouses, but in the extensive grounds that are divided into different areas containing specimen trees and plants from every continent.
At this time of the year the early Spring flowers are prominent in the Woodland garden and along the paths that have been laid to take the visitor into every corner of the many acres of land
This is one of the paths that leads down to one of the main gates on a road near to the church in the distance. At the point where I took this photo I was in the middle of the gardens and a walk to another main gate was just as far. Many people use the gardens to get from one part of the city to another and at the same time enjoy a pleasant walk.
A sheltered spot called Osborn's Field is a good place to sit and rest. The principal entrance can be seen in the distance.
There are other paths meandering through the trees and shrubs, including rhododendrons, in the Asian garden. It was quite a surprise to see them in bloom, but it's also a sheltered area because the ground rises to form wooded hillocks.
The area by the fountain at the end of the Long Walk is a favourite one especially with bridal couples and their guests when the glasshouse pavilions are used for a wedding celebration.
The pavilions also house interesting plants from the temperate regions of the world and I will post about these another time.