Our glasshouse is located close to the main Visitor Centre and is accessible by wheelchair users. It is divided into sections to show a range of plants from different habitats. The glasshouse is also home to our tropical bugs and, at certain times of the year, butterflies. Our indoor activity space, the Glassroom, is contained within the glasshouse.
The Tropical House represents the warm, humid environment of a rainforest, complete with (at the press of a button) real rain! Here you will find bananas, sugarcane, coffee, giant bamboo, epiphytic orchids and bromeliads. There are also climbers including 'Dutchman’s Pipe' and the magnificent 'Jade Vine', which normally flowers in April.
At the opposite end of our planet’s ecosystem, the Cactus House represents the dry, bright conditions of a desert and provides year round interest. Here you will find Prickly Pears, Barrel Cactii, Aloes, Agave and a variety of succulent plants. There are plants from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Africa and Madagascar. Prepare to take a step into the exotic and explore this desert landscape.
Download the Nature Trail
Suitable for young children, this activity teaches about the wildlife in the garden, allowing kids to colour in pictures of animals as they find them hidden in their natural habitats around the garden.