You can keep your hangovers, your shopping trips and your pancake brunches (okay I am guilty of all of these) because for me Saturday morning’s were made for visiting grand houses and their greenhouses. There is something distinctly magical about strolling through a National Trust building pretending to own the place. I’ve put together a list of my favourite greenhouses to visit in the South of England.
Maybe it was the fact I wasn’t expecting it, but Dyffryn Gardens was the first greenhouse that truly took my breath away. Walking through the doorway of the modest little lean-to was like walking into my dream, statuesque cacti all growing together against a white brick background. Unlike the other glasshouse I have visited, Dyffrn was incredibly quiet, we were left by ourselves to explore the Instagram heaven that was their greenhouse.
I’m sure you’ve heard all about Kew Gardens and it’s stunning Victorian glasshouse. This absolute beauty of a greenhouse (and many of the plants inside) survived two world wars almost unscathed. The Palm House is home to ancient Cyads, vast Monstera and the most instagramable spiral staircase I’ve ever seen.
More recently Kew has also erected another, drier glasshouse. Home to huge Cacti, Bromiads, Orchids and many other interesting and rare plants The POW conservatory is unmissable. Arguably not as architecturally pleasing, the plants inside are just as stunning as those in the Palm House.
Wiseley was very similar to Kew, they had vast Birds of Paradise and enormous banana leaf palms that all tickle the ceiling of the 40ft glasshouse. There are hundreds of varieties of plants grown under the domed glass ranging from sub tropical to desert plants. The beautiful mock waterfall within the greenhouse adds moisture to the air, allowing the leafy tropical plants to thrive. This place is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
I hope to visit more Glasshouses soon. If you know of any beautiful greenhouses to visit in the South I would love to hear more!