garden photography: inside the glasshouse

In January I’m looking for a Winter Garden

(This month I want to see photos and stories about winter gardens. You can interpret this any way you want; a garden in winter, winter flowers, or plants in a glasshouse)

This is the Great Glasshouse at the Botanic Garden of Wales. The unusual raindrop-shaped design was the work of world-renowned architects Norman Foster and Partners and it is the largest single span glasshouse in the world.


The plants come from six areas of the world: California, Australia, the Canary Islands, Chile, South Africa and the Mediterranean Basin and the glasshouse is used to protect and conserve some of the most endangered plants on the planet.


One of the loveliest things about visiting a glasshouse such as this is that you feel as though you have just travelled to some exotic part of the world, or in this case, several.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it JanuaryWinter Gardens
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  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in February.
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Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

74 thoughts on “garden photography: inside the glasshouse

  1. I’ve no idea what you call it, but I like the red, fluffy flower. It reminds me of the brush we used to use to clean our sons’ milk bottles when they were babies.

      1. Really! Wow! Now that is an amazing coincidence! I agree with you, though. Beautiful as a bottlebrush is, it is only one among many beautiful plants, as shown by your photographs.

  2. A beautiful collage, and I like the map too – complete with benches. Just discovered there is a garden of some note in Bodalla. Only open Friday/Sat/Sun and it rained just as I was approaching it on Friday.

  3. The magic of glasshouses in winter. You’ve reminded me Jude. When I was a student at Sheffiield Uni I remember a chance visit to one of the city parks, and stepping inside a small but tall glasshouse to escape the cold, and being instantly plunged into the subtle sweet scent of a single, ancient mimosa tree that was blooming there. There was an old man sitting motionless beneath it. It was a Through the Looking Glass sort of moment.

      1. Yes, we are really lucky we have 5 display glasshouses – none as big as those above though! We have an original Edwardian lean-to in our Walled Garden, a Carnivorous House, an Arid House, an Alpine House, and an Orchid House which, in its original state, was actually built for the British Antarctic Survey in the 1960’s. Lots of places to hide from this weather..

  4. Whereabouts in Wales is this, Jude? You don’t say. And when were you there? (Mick says ‘somewhere obscure’ 🙂 ). Your gallery is really beautiful. I feel quite envious, sitting here in the cold 😦 Have you got snow yet?

    1. Mick’s right, it is in a somewhat obscure place. Easy to get to from the end of the M4, it is in Camarthenshire. The National Botanic Garden of Wales is situated 10 mins from the M4 and two minutes from the A48 in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales, midway between Cross Hands and Carmarthen. For Satnav users, our postcode is SA32 8HN

      I’ll add a link to the post! We were staying at Aberglasney Gardens so not too far away. It is a beautiful glasshouse, though not a lot else happening in the garden on our visit (April). I imagine the gardens have matured a bit now, it would be nice to go back and have a look.

        1. I’m thinking of a visit to the Birmingham Botanical Garden they have several glasshouses, but I loathe driving in Birmingham. Train, bus option too long though.

    1. We actually visited in April, but it was a bit chilly even then. It would be a lovely place to get rid of the winter blues – if only it was a little closer to us. I love to see proteas 🙂

      1. Norman Foster can be brilliant! I love the wobbly millennium bridge but I hate the gherkin. I do think this is one of his best. It was designed to have minimal impact on the natural landscape as well as being very eco-friendly. I do listen to some of the things mum tells me and she was ever so excited about this glasshouse 😉

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