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Botanical Gardens

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi Dave and Stitcher
nice picture dave i enjoyed looking at , but i have to say to stitcher thanks for the memory,
because that picture brought back many memories for me as a kid,because the photograpth you have taken and shown today
of the joe public sitting around on the hill enjoying the weather and having picnics and to me the period is right
Early fifties was when we used to go on a sunday afternoon there would be about four or five of us local kids
ragged shorts and poor really i surpose , we was all from ladywood
king edwards road which was about bus stops up on the nunber 8 inner circle
about nine years old we would have been couple of older one in the gang
we would get up early and go for that round the 8 inner circle all the way around for sixpence each we would occuppy all the front deck seats and the back seats get home have dinner then beg off the old lady our mom for a three penny bit 3d coin
make our way up monument road to the ivy bush cheek people on the way up to the botanicle garden
and it would be 3d each to get in through the hot house then play or get chased by the old peacocks
that used to pons up and down the patheways there was quite afew in those day as you will recal
on a good sunny day the crowds with the kids would be there with there posh parents
and we would walk around and see whom as gone and have they left there masond pop bottle on the lawn
we would go over and race each other for the bottle so we would take in and get a 3d return and get an ice cream
on the subject that was my earlyiest days i ever went there, right up until the last four years now in my adult life
we go every year because they do a country and westeren week end venue with good well known country and western
bands and singers but as our friend they cover alot of things now all the year around and every week
on that very part of your photo stich is where they have a big band stand at the bottom of the slope
and the bands play in there and people dane on the lawns we go with a group of friends
whilstwe sit on the high ground and get down and do some dancing
this happens every year for one week end and beleive me they fill the place up
best wishes guys and thanks for yester years memory,s Alan,,,, Astonian;;;;;
 

ellbrown

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Entrance from Westbourne Road (in 2012)



Earlier this year saw this sign on Church Road pointing the way to walk to it.



Later I'd either get the no 1 bus there and walk, or the 22, 23, 24 or 29 bus routes. But expecting rain. Hope the Magical Lantern thing is open!
Paid £13.87 for it (£12.50 online plus the booking fee of £1.37).
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Some photos of the Botanical Gardens buildings from yesterday evening when it was heavily raining!







The trail was nice but was long queues full of parents with their children. Umbrellas all up.



One of the bull

 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi there Ell
yes over the years they have gone strengh from strengh and well expaned in every way shape and forn
there was none of those frontage years ago when we payed 3d bit coin of yester years it was just a little dor way
and a little office window on entrance but the fantasic hot house was there christ knows how od that brillient and warm
hot house was put up there aint many pea cocks around today we usaly see one or the two now
fantasic place to go for a day out but as you say now there is alsorts going on there now for every body and business meeting
great picture you put on , best wishes Alan,, Astonian,,,,,,
 
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ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/visitor-information/opening-times/

1 adult now is £7.
Concession is £4.75

The first three photos show glasshouses dating back to Victorian times.

https://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-217795-west-terrace-glasshouse-botanical-garden#.WE3SRlwayEY

WESTBOURNE ROAD
1.
5104
Edgbaston B15
West Terrace Glasshouse.
Botanical Gardens
SP 0485 SE 43/7
II GV
2.
1865. Symmetrical composition with central semi-circular pediment with 2 tiers
of radiating arches with glazing bars and doors below a cornice and, left and
right, lower glasshouses with long pitched roofs in 2 steps parallel with the
terrace. Arched glazing bars on a brick moulded plinth. Roofs inside of timber
and on iron brackets with circular spandrels.



Listing NGR: SP0486585449
https://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-217794-palm-house-botanical-gardens-#.WE3SfFwayEY

WESTBOURNE ROAD
1.
sic%
Edgbaston B15
Palm House,
Botanical Gardens
SP 0485 SE 43/6
II GV
2.
1871. Big square glass house with pyramidal roof rising in 2 stages, supported
externally by panelled Corinthian pilasters on a blue brick plinth and thin
moulded vertical glazing bars. Interior with central square enclosed by round
headed iron arcades on twisted Corinthian columns with scrolling openwork
spandrels. It connects on the right with the West Terrace Glasshouse (qv).



Listing NGR: SP0491485440
The Magical Lantern Festival is just temporary until the Christmas season ends.
 
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Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi Ell
yes we go every year to the festivals and the country and western do,s
the prices are high but us pensioners get a concessery price discount
which aint to bad best wishes Astonian,,,,,
 
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ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
The last botanical gardens I went to in summer 2015 was the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Large site. But they have buggies / golf cart type vehicles to get people around who are unable to walk all over the site.



 
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ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Been to the Jurassic Kingdom event this morning. While there got these photos of the Botanical Gardens.





 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
thanks ell i was only saying the other day that i have not visited the botanical gardens for some years now...must try and get there soon

lyn
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Took advantage of my visit to the Jurassic Kingdom event, took those on the way out. Quite warm in the tropical house. At least I chose a dry day this time!





 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Thanks. Note that there was a lot of families with noisy kids around excited about the dinosaurs there!
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
It ends on the 4th of June 2017. I think parking close to the gardens was closed, and many people were parking on nearby roads. Of course the 22, 23, 24 and 29 buses stop close by to the entrance. I got off the no 1 bus and walked down Westbourne Road this time.
 

tim eborn

master brummie
Thanks for the memories !
If I remember correctly there used to be a cockatoo sitting on a stand as you approached the Lilypond, as they can live to 100 years I wondered if it was still around ?
Also have half a memory of going to a dance there c1959/60 is that possible ?
Cheers Tim.
Ps Watch out for those dinosaurs Lyn, those Beggars can bite !
 

cookie273uk

master brummie
I have fond memories of the Gardens, around about the 8o's, our Art Society held Winter Exhibitions just before Christmas there, the paintings were then auctioned, 25% to the Botanical Gardens, 25% to the Birmingham Mail Christmas Tree fund for under privileged children, the remaining 50% to the Artist. The late 'Ernie' Biddle (of Biddle and Webb) gave his services for nothing. It was always well attended and I really enjoyed it. Eric
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Some plaques

Ernest Henry Wilson



HM the Queen Mother (1988)



Tropical House refurb opened by the then Lord Mayor Councillor Bernard Zissman in 1991



G8 Summit in 1998



Tree planted by the Queen Mother in 1988





Near one of the ponds from 1895

 
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