Ventnor Botanic Garden

The other day we went to the Ventnor Botanic Garden.  This is the sort of thing that you think the children will hate but you announce you are going there anyway on the grounds that you have spent days and DAYS schlepping to places that are almost or completely child centric.

In the end, they had a pretty nice time.  So did I – (perhaps unsurprisingly), they have some amazing plants.

Tree Echium - I've only ever seen these in the IoW
Tree Echium – I’ve only ever seen these in the IoW
White globe thistles - you can't tell here but these were covered in bees
White globe thistles – you can’t tell here but these were covered in bees
Giant lilypads
Giant lilypads
A dell
A dell

While we were there, we went on the tour of the tunnel going from the gardens to the cliff face (I think it was at 2pm but I have no idea whether they do it every day).  Don’t do this if you are afraid of the dark, claustrophobic or a bit unsteady on your feet.  My son carried the torch at the front after telling the gardener (a young, crusty dude, would look totally at home in a pub in Brighton) giving the tour that he wasn’t afraid of anything.  He hugged him at the end – think the gardener was a bit surprised.

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