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
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in February.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

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. Absolutely beautiful!!! The colors are so vibrant! Most of these are flowers I have never seen before!

  2. You have done well naming nearly all of the flowers Jude. The small pink one bottom left of Gerbera I think is a Geraldton Wax, the other fluffy one I don’t know but remember seeing them in WA.

    1. They are definitely more enticing on a chilly day than in the middle of summer (well, your summer, for us there is little difference). I enjoyed seeing all the Australian and South African species.

      And you have surpassed yourself with the wintry garden 🙂

    1. Some areas of the country have had a blast of the white stuff here, but not us. We are still grey. And wet. And cold now… a visit to a hothouse is more than welcome!

    1. It is a new glasshouse, so I didn’t quite know what to expect, but it is rather lovely. As you can see from the map it is very open, so you wander around different areas of the world. Great for someone like me who loves to travel!

        1. Worth a shot! Ha-ha 🙂 Sorry about that… watching War and Peace. Bit gory! Not staying up to watch Murray but Hewitt tomorrow morning should be great fun. 🙂

        2. I love watching Hewitt – last game(s) before he finishes isn’t it? He’ll be good in the Davis Cup though. I really think you should support Murray on my behalf as I can’t watch the match.

        3. There must be a flight option to Exeter. No idea how far beyond that. But you’ll be nearer to Gilly. And (re. the email) I’m desperate to see Scilly 😦 😦

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