27 Mar 2013

The City Botanical Gardens in March

crocuses, cowslips and planting out in the Victorian Garden
Over the last month or two I've been enjoying more walks in the Botanical Gardens. It's fascinating watching a garden change through the seasons and the Botanical Gardens is no exception.
There's so much to observe in the many areas each with a different emphasis in planting and following the original vision in the early Victorian period of creating a place 'to promote healthy recreation and self-education'.  In 1834, the Sheffield Botanical and Horticultural Society appointed Rober Marnock, a well-known gardener, (who later on designed Regent's Park in London).
At Sheffield he acted as curator and designed the Gardens in the fashionable Gardenesque style of the day where plants were displayed in scattered plantings.  You can just imagine the members of the Society promenading through the grounds and along the Long Walk to take a look at the various botanical specimens.  In those days the Gardens were only open on Gala days until they were eventually bought for the benefit of the general public.

The last couple of times I've visited the gardens some of the borders were being cleared ready for the new season and the Victorian Garden was being planted out with pansies and daisies. Crocuses were in bloom in the grassy areas and there were more flowers out in the woodland such as cowslips.
All these lovely flowers so typical of Springtime are now under a blanket of snow and ice and one wonders whether they will survive in such cold conditions?    

Palms, mimosa. Purple flowering Bengal clock vine ( Reinwardtia indica),
yellow flax (Thunbergia grandiflora)

Another enjoyable aspect of the Gardens are the glasshouses that are divided into rooms containing  plants from each continent.

Camellias from South Asia. The pink one is called 'Mandalay Queen'


  1. These gardens look like wonderful places for a walk regardless of the season. Betsy and I enjoy visiting the Conservatory at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, during the winter months.

  2. Gorgeous.... As I've said before, the gardens look so similar to the Conservatory at Biltmore (which I have blogged about many times)..

    Gorgeous... Love the Palms and also the Camelias... Great collages. Thanks!

  3. très joli voyage parmi toutes ces plantes
    des plantes que l' on ne verras pas dans nos jardins
    on y fait de splendides découvertes
    en France on en a quelques uns surtout sur Paris
    toutes ces plantes ramenés par des explorateurs du xix siècle et du xviii siècle
    en risquant leur vie
    bonne journée

  4. Beautiful photos! The gardens are one of the places I have on my 'want to visit' list. We drove by them a while ago but couldn't see anywhere to park at that time - we must go back and explore further one day. Thanks for sharing your walks here with us:)

  5. So pretty Linda. Love the crocus, but not sure what a cowslip looks like. If they survive, you must show us one. We have a place like that here in Columbus, but it is on the other side of town where I rarely go. I should venture over there as it has been years since I've gone through the glass houses.

  6. It's wonderful having such places close by, especially as you're able to visit throughout the year as gardens can change so much with each season.

  7. Just gorgeous! The yellow primrose sang to me of JOY!

  8. What a beautiful place and how lucky you are to be able to visit. I simply love Camellias. Stunning pictures.xxxxx

  9. Hi Linda,

    The botanical gardens look wonderful and looks like a great place to wander around and look at all the beauty.

    Happy Easter

  10. We are almost in the middle of April and here no blossom yet... everything looks grey...grrr:-)