In the heart of Cambridge lies the amazing Cambridge Botanic Gardens, I have been planning my visit for some time, so when the day finally arrived I was super excited to see all the amazing plants. Boasting over 8,000 species, I had my camera at the ready to capture some stunning watercolour inspiration for future projects!
Despite the drizzly weather on the day, luckily there’s still plenty to see in the large greenhouse, which has various sections for different climate plants.
Being a massive fan of cacti, I was overwhelmed when I first walked through the doors into the very first section, Arid Lands. From small to tall and and smooth to spiky there’s so many unusual shapes and colours to see, especially a huge variety of succulents.
There are lots of informative boards dotted around for those who like to read more information about the various types, and how the plants have adapted to survive in different climates and where the plants originate.
From the amazing cacti rockeries you lead into the next room with large rainforest plants, towering over you from every direction. With unique protruding vines and bright vivid flowers you can’t help but appreciate nature as you wonder through the glass panelled rooms.
Due to the season and weather change, the outside was a variety of amazing tall trees, bushes and rockeries, but limited on blooms. Despite the absence of flowers, there was an amazing selection of berries, fir trees and winter plants, perfect as we head into the colder season for winter watercolour inspired paintings.
This place is definitely on my hit list for a Spring or Summer visit, with around 40 acres to walk around I feel like there is so much more to see. Even though the weather was far from glorious, being inside the greenhouses still makes this a worthwhile trip, feeling like you’ve been transported from the top of a mountain in a cool climate to a warm green coverage of palms and ponds simulating a rainforest style swap with huge lilly pads, branches, hanging and trailing creepers with beautiful flowers.
I took a huge selection of photographs but these are my top 5 favourite plants from my visit.
I can not recommend visiting enough, there are great facilities and the tea and cake at the cafe was amazing! Check out their website here for more information.