Monday, August 30, 2010

Belfast Botanical Garden

On Mondy, August 30th it was a bank holiday. Which means all the banks were closed, other than that I am not sure if it has any significance. It is a day off before school officially starts so a little like Labor Day. So, we took the opportunity to visit the Botanic Gardens which are located beside Queen's University. The garden has been around since 1828 and is free to the public. They have garden pathways with "loads of lovely flowers", a rose garden, and two magnificent greenhouses. The Tropical Ravine was an amazing rain forest jungle. At one time there was a path to walk down among the plants but it is now blocked off.

The kids loved the different things to do in the garden. Ian said it was his second favorite place in Ireland so far. His first being Belfast Castle.

Plants in the Tropical Ravine.

The Palm House is one of the earliest examples of a curvilinear cast iron glasshouse.

Amazing scenery.

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