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article imageReview: Glasgow Botanic Gardens Special

By Amanda Payne     May 15, 2014 in Travel
Glasgow - Glasgow will be filled with visitors this summer for the Commonwealth Games 2014, but what if you are not a sports fan and want to enjoy other aspects of the city? Glasgow translates loosely from the Gaelic as "dear green place" for a very good reason.
The city is filled with parks and green spaces, offering visitors the chance to catch their breath and enjoy some quiet amongst the hustle and bustle. One such park is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Established in 1817, the gardens were originally used to provide suitable plants for the University of Glasgow to use for teaching medicine and botany.
As you walk in through the main entrance, your eye is immediately drawn to a huge glass house, called the Kibble Palace after its builder. It was first constructed near Loch Long before being dismantled and moved by barge to the Botanic Gardens in 1872. It was used originally as an entertainment venue, then extra ventilation was added so that plants could be grown.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
The Kibble Palace has a central pond in the entrance foyer filled with beautiful Koi carp. To the left you can visit the 'Killer Plants' section with species such as the Venus Fly Trap on display. To the right is a section devoted to the plant life of the Canary Islands.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
In the main area of the Kibble Palace is a huge display of plants from around the world, split into continental regions such as Africa and South America.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Around the edges are benches, known as squirrel seats, where you can sit and rest, interspersed with statuary by well known Glasgow artists of the Victorian era. As well as the Kibble Palace, there is another glass house called the main range, where you can find everything from orchids to palm trees.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
The old curator's house has been turned into a tea room providing refreshments and there is a delightful pond area, with picnic tables for those rare days when the sun shines in Glasgow. The Botanic Gardens grounds cover 19.6 hectares, divided into areas such as World Rose garden, a Herb Garden, an Arboretum and a special area for children with a garden and play area.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
The gardens are open from 7 am to dusk every day of the year and no matter what the season or the weather, there is always something beautiful to look at and enjoy.
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