10 Reasons To Visit The Garden
I have recently started working in the Garden, and since then many people (especially locals) have asked me what exactly is there to see and do here. Many said they’d never visited because it’s ‘just a Garden’. So if you’re wondering, here are my top 10 picks of what there is to see and do here since I’ve started working here:
Not only are their two flying displays every day and a daily ‘owl show’ but there are also opportunities to fly the birds yourself. Owl and red kite taster sessions take place daily, allowing you the opportunity to have these birds fly to your glove. Or, for those who wish to have a more personal experience, private experiences take place every morning. You can fly four different species of raptor around the garden for 2 ½ hours. It’s a hoot!
The butterfly house – Plas Pilipala is alive with a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies from across the world. You can see butterflies such as the dazzling blue morpho whose wings are a trick of light, and the Glasswing butterfly whose see-through wings help them to hide from predators. It’s truly mesmerising!
3. Bee Garden
Within the Bee Garden there are over 250,000 honey bees. But don’t worry they’re safely behind large viewing windows so you can get up close to our honey bees and hives. It’s the bees’ knees!
The Great Glasshouse is one part of the Garden that most people know of! This spectacular dome is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world and is home to some of the most endangered plants on the planet, from six areas of the world. Did you know that the best time to see the flowers in full bloom within the Great Glasshouse is from mid-April to the end of May. You’re guaranteed a smashing time!
5. Fairy Wood
The Garden truly is a magical place. If you’re quiet when you enter the wood at the start of the Welsh Country Walk you might just spot a little trace of Garden magic; hidden among the trees are remnants of a fairy tea party, a toadstool village and you might even see signs of the pint sized residents of the wood.
If you can’t make it to Japan, the Garden will bring Japan to you! The Japanese Garden is a miniature world with mountains, forests, lakes and oceans. It consists of three traditional Japanese gardens – the Stream and Lake Garden, the Gravel Garden and the Tea Garden.
7. Learn Something New – Day Courses
Not only can you see spectacular things at the Garden but you can also learn something new! The Garden offers an array of courses. From the new Growing the Future project courses such as Candle Making from beeswax to Education’s courses in interesting topics such as Stained Glass.
8. Regency Restoration Project – Middleton: Paradise Regained
Between now and 2020 the Garden will be returning this fabulous landscape to how it was in at the beginning of the 19th century. When completed, the Garden will feature the necklace of seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs created more than 200 years ago and again boast the Regency planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.
But don’t forget the Garden is still a Garden! The plant collections are dynamic and provide visitors to the Garden with an ever changing palette. There’s also an amazing diversity of wild plant and animal life – some of it familiar and some very rare.
There’s something to see and do for everyone at the Garden!