Belfast, Ireland; Botanical gardens

by Veronica

This week I have had a short city break to Belfast. I tried to see things I hadn't seen before. There is so much to see and do in this lovely city.

The Botanical Gardens is a public park in Belfast, Northern Ireland close to Queen's University.

It stands on 28 acres about 15 minutes walk south of the city centre. It shares an entrance with The Ulster Museum ; bear left for the gardens and right for the museum. We spent almost a full day in The Ulster Museum. Both the gardens and museum are free of charge to visit.

The Botanical gardens opened in 1828 and were private for many years and it became a public park in 1895 when it was bought by the Belfast Corporation .

All photos are my own. I enjoyed I so much here that I immediately started taking photos to share with you all.

Spring in the park

All around, there was evidence of Spring.

Crocus
Crocus
The palm house is very high
The palm house is very high
The Palm House Conservatory
The Palm House Conservatory

Rooms

The Cool Room is to the left of the picture and the Tropical Room is to the right of the picture.

The Palm House

The Palm House and The Tropical Ravine are the main features of Belfast's Botanical Gardens but unfortunately The Tropical Ravine was closed for development.

The Palm House is a Victorian building completed in 1840 shortly after Victoria became Queen in 1837.

The foundation stone was laid in 1839.  It is a cast iron glasshouse and has a Cool Room and a Tropical Room. I was delighted that the Cool Room was full of Spring flowers, which I love. We opened the door and the scent of Spring approached us with all those beautiful scents and the colours were beautiful. Bliss.

Hyacinths- I love them

The Spring flowers- rows of them
The Spring flowers- rows of them
daffodils and Narcissi below
daffodils and Narcissi below
Cool Room
Cool Room
Imagine the scent

Cacti

In the centre of the Palm House, between the two rooms are a range of beautiful cacti, from the small to the tall.

Cactus
Cactus
Cactus
Cactus
Cactus
Cactus

The Tropical room

Amorphophallus konjac

After the beautiful scents in the cool room we were nearly knocked sideways by the TERRIBLE smell in the Tropical Room.

The Amorphophallus konjac grows to a height of about 2m / 6 ft and it smells like rotting flesh. It is pollinated by flies who are attracted by the awful smell. 

A beautiful plant- a dreadful smell especially after all the Spring flowers in the other room.

Amorphallus Konjac
Amorphallus Konjac

Seating

I know it is strange to mention seating but just look at how quaint the chairs are. No wooden benches here, but elegant wrought iron chairs. Lovely.

Elegance
Elegance

Great colours

I wish I were better at remembering flower names but these were just so lovely. It was a delight to see them.

Beautiful flowers
Beautiful flowers
I am not good on names
I am not good on names

The Gift of Life

Outside the Palm House in the park

This is The Gift of Life monument near the Rose Garden and is a fitting tribute to those who donate organs. What a lovely idea to have these unsung heroes acknowledged in Belfast. It is an elegant tribute done in conjunction with my beloved County Galway, Ireland.

At this time of year, the Rose Garden is not in bloom in Ireland.

The tribute is dated 15th June 2016.

The monument to organ donors
The monument to organ donors
The inscription
The inscription

The Bandstand

The bandstand wasn't in use on a February day but I would think it is a lovely location in Summer.

If you visit Belfast, the Botanical Gardens is a good way to spend a charming hour,

The band stand
The band stand
Updated: 02/28/2017, Veronica
 
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Veronica 15 days ago

They have done a huge amount to develop the North and I can not but recommend it. It is marvellous . Visitors to UK , please take time to visit Belfast .

frankbeswick 15 days ago

I was a year in Northern Ireland when the trouble were beginning in 1969-1970, and then Belfast was not inspiring, but when I revisited it two years ago, what a change! It is so much improved.

Veronica 15 days ago

Belfast has long been the poor relation regarding tourism. It is however a gentle and beautiful city with so much to do; a week isn't sufficient to see Northern Ireland.
I am going again in August .

katiem2 15 days ago

WOW so many beautiful expressions of nature and art. I adore Ireland, there is so MUCH to see and take it that is breathtaking.

frankbeswick 17 days ago

In the studies of nature and gardening we are ever learning.

Veronica 17 days ago

Derdriu

Thanks for commenting and of course Frank and I would be the first to admit that we have ,mountains to learn .

Thank you for the extra information. Excellent. This is the beauty of Wizzley.... extra information that people add to the articles, shared learning!

DerdriuMarriner 17 days ago

FrankBeswick and Veronica, I know you all must know this woody plant what with your education and experience: it's just a case of different terms on different sides of the pond!
Serviceberry also goes by the name of shadbush, in the United States, because of it blooming in early spring concurrently with shad runs. It's in the Amelanchier genus which has species separately native to Asia, to Europe and to North America. The species in my yard is Amelanchier laevis, and it rivals black cherry (Prunus serotina) in its early, lovely white blooms.

frankbeswick on 04/12/2017

Dierdriu, the serviceberry is rare in Britain. Is it common where you are? It is native to Asia, like the apple and its relatives. So I presume that it is originally an import into the USA. Am I right?

A relative of cider is made out of the berries in parts of Eastern Europe.

Veronica, you only find this tree growing wild in Britain in isolated parts of the South West, which is obviously where you and I don't live.

Veronica on 04/12/2017

Derdriu

I have never heard of service berries before. I must look that one up. Spring has been extra beautiful this year, it seems. Your garden sounds lovely. My magnolia tree flowered too soon in the mild weather and I hope it hasn't been damaged by so doing.

Belfast Botanic Gardens are very small but that doesn't distract from their beauty. Also the Ulster museum is in the grounds. Both are free entry and are a great way to spend time.

I too thought how charming to see a monument to organ donors.

DerdriuMarriner on 04/11/2017

Veronica, One of my favorite itineraries is visiting botanical gardens. The spring colors, even those of Amorphophallus, are enticing, and the gift of life monument impressive. Blue is one of my favorite colors, and the mild winter and early spring here let me enjoy black cherry, bluebells, forsythia, grape hyacinth, jonquils, redbud, rocket and serviceberry in my natural garden.


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