The Winter Gardens, by Gummer and Ford, are a wonderful way of spending a sunny winters day.
The barrel vaulted glasshouses and open courtyards were originally started during the First World War to commemorate the success of the Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition of 1913-1914, held on the same site. Profits from the exhibition helped pay for a Temperate House in 1916-1921 and different areas of the complex such as the Tropical house, fernery and sunken pond were developed further over the years. They now house a vast collection of tropical and temperate plants and also a wide collection of native plants.
Today I’m loving the sharp architectural features and folds of their cacti collection – such amazing forms!