It has been a long time since I spent an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin but this weekend I got to spend a sun filled afternoon exploring the greenhouses and gardens there. The Botanic Gardens have always been a brilliant place for inspiration and are a great free facility to have in Dublin that should be utilised more.
Many people hear the word Botanic Garden and automatically think that it is only a place for gardeners and for people who have a passion for plants. While these people do tend to love them more than other really Botanic Gardens are a fantastic place for anyone. You do not have to go and examine plants you can simply go for a walk and enjoy the great atmosphere. By its nature the Botanic Gardens in Dublin is a very relaxing tranquil place just on the edge of a bustling city.
It is very easy to loose hours simply walking around the grounds and discovering new plants around each and every corner. Throughout the year, each time you visit, the gardens takes on a new life and a different aspect of them will be the highlight of that visit. During winter the greenhouses are a treasure trove of floral delights, and while they still are, during the summer the grounds erupt in to life and continue to evolve and change each week.
On this visit peonies were one of the star plants and reminded me of how much I need to add more to my own garden. They are a great flower and this trip reminded me of how many different varieties there are out there. While in my garden at the moment I do have some they are very short lives and the slightest bit of wind and they are destroyed. At the Botanic Gardens I came across some which are a bit sturdier and also ones which grow much taller than the ones I have. The taller varieties, while they do need support, offer greater impact in a flowerbed.
The vegetable garden or Walled garden as it is called offered some great inspiration that could easily be translated into any sized garden. Different aspects of its design and planting could be broken down and easily worked into your garden. The walled garden is also a good example of how gardeners should not be afraid of vibrant colours. The main colour here was orange and it had an amazing impact when you walked into the area.
If you find yourself with a free afternoon in the coming week I could not recommend a visit to the Botanic Garden and a stroll around the acres of green space and towering greenhouses.