Birmingham Botanical Gardens

P6050994P6051053Last weekend the UK experienced weather which was hotter than Tenerife.  Even though The Northerner and I made sure our new place had outdoor space, we wanted to venture further than our balcony.  We decided to pay Birmingham Botanical Gardens a visit.  I’ve been once before but only at night; it was my Law School Grad Ball back in 2011 and I never got to explore the gardens.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is located in leafy Edgbaston, just a stones throw from the city centre.  With over 15 acres of beautiful landscaped greenery including a range of tropical greenhouses, a large lawn area and a bandstand, the Botanical Gardens is a stunning escape from city life – right in the middle of the city.

The Northerner and I spent a few hours on Sunday wandering around the gardens which are home to so many different species of plants.  The back of the gardens also looks over the local tennis club which pleased Adam and we spent some time watching some local players whittle away their Sunday afternoon.

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Sunglasses: Tom Ford

We spent some time lounging around the lawns and instantly regretted not bringing a picnic.  We could see loads of people with their gorgeous picnic blankets and hampers, sipping on Pimms.  We said next time we’d absolutely bring one… it’s the perfect reason to invest in a good old picnic hamper and collapsable wine glasses!

One of my favourite parts of the gardens was all the benches that were dedicated to people who had loved the gardens in the past.  It was really heartwarming to read all the dedications about how much people had loved it there.  I also loved the little cottage and the old shelter than has been carefully and lovingly moved from Bourneville and restored.  The reason for this: It’s where Mr Cadbury use to eat his sandwiches on his break from the factory. Can you get any more Birmingham?

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As I mentioned earlier, there is a bandstand located with the gardens, just off the main lawn.  Throughout the year they have a number of bands come and perform on it and I feel like you’d really get that major throwback to the Victorian era where there was nothing more ‘British’ to do than listen to a big band at a garden party.

We will absolutely be visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens again (with a picnic in hand) and I recommend that everybody goes and pays the gardens a visit.  They are pretty and tranquil with far more to explore than you think.