We’re discovering something new this time! With a trip to Ventnor Botanical Gardens. A trip around the varied flora of the globe without leaving the Isle of Wight!
Being south-facing, and so close to the sea, frost rarely settles in the Ventnor Botanic Gardens, so they can grow a plethora of exotic plants year round that many other gardens simply don’t have the climate for.
The glorious gardens are spread across 22 acres and each area is based on geographical regions of the world.
Ventnor Botanic Garden is located in the microclimate of the Ventnor Undercliff which is on average five degrees warmer than mainland UK – this makes them Britain’s hottest gardens!
The hubby lingers in the hydrangea dell before we head to the New Zealand and subtropical planting.
As well as more exotic trees and flowers, there are also some more familiar garden favourites to check out including the ever delightful wisteria.
You can easily while away a whole day exploring these wonderful grounds, especially once you factor in sampling some lovely homegrown food, checked out the hop plantation and meandered through the olive grove.