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Brief description of site

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses was founded in the 19th century and has continued to develop through the 20th century. The site covers about 4 hectares, and includes Tropical, Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid glasshouses, a winter garden and a rock garden, a pinetum, a Japanese garden, and a herb garden. There is also a woodland walk, a fern garden and a lawn aviary. Azaleas and rhododendrons are a feature. Historic gardens typical of the Roman, Medieval and Tudor periods have been planted.

Brief history of site

A committee of local business and professional men formed the Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural Society in 1829 with the intention of establishing a botanical garden. After choosing a site and the drawing of plans by John Claudius Loudon, the garden opened in 1832, although substantial development and planting continued throughout the decade.

Location information:

Address: The Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR

Locality: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Local Authorities:

West Midlands; Birmingham; Edgbaston

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 139 Grid Ref: SP048 854
Latitude: 52.4665 Longitude: -1.93077


South-west of Birmingham city centre, signposted from the A456.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

0121 454 1860
Open daily except Christmas Day, 9am (10am Sundays) until dusk.

Visitor information:

Parking. WCs. Refreshments. Shop. Disabled access. No dogs except guide dogs.

Key information:

Form of site: botanic garden

Purpose of site: botanic garden

Site first created: 1832

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 4

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