Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This oasis of historic gardens with four glass houses amongst its many attractions saw 6000 visitors in one day for HODs 2019. Part of the festival community for over ten years, it is consistently among the most popular entries on our event directory. 

© Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Opened in 1832 this oasis of 14 acres is just a mile from the city centre.

Wayne Williams, Head Gardener - Birmingham Botanical Gardens, West Midlands

Why we take part

It helps with marketing a unique heritage and premier garden in Birmingham. As an independent educational charity it's a chance to showcase the gardens, including new projects, function rooms, gift shop, plant sales and tearoom. It increases foot fall and raises membership awareness.

The Terrace looked especially stunning in the September sunshine this year / © Birmingham Botanical Gardens

What we do for HODs

The 15 acres of gardens and four display glasshouses are open for free. There are fantastic membership offers and promotion of our charitable status. Bands play live music in the bandstand.

The difference it's made

It attracts visitors that wouldn’t normally visit and gives a chance for less privileged visitors to come free of charge to see the gardens. 

Favourite bit

It's great to see people enjoying the sights and sounds of the gardens - listening to the band playing, children playing on lawns and in playgrounds. Visitors admiring the latest garden projects like the new Macmillan Garden that opened for 2019. It can be really busy!

Wayne Williams, Head Gardener ensures the blooms are at their best / © Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Top tips!

Consider advertising early and consider car parking arrangements / encourage public transport use.

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