Trialing Mediterranean orchids

The Olive Grove already contains some plants which are native to open ground along the Mediterranean coast and we are looking to expand the range of species. One group of plants which are particularly characteristic are the Ophrys group of orchids which are very much...

Limited Edition Botanic Pale Ale has arrived!

Our Original Botanic Ale has proven so popular this year that we have made the decision to develop a Limited Edition Pale Ale with our Friends Goddards Brewery here on the Isle of Wight. The beer is in the style of an American Pale Ale, brewed with our own handpicked...

Extraordinary weather continues

Weather Update Throuighout the land we’ve seen examples of extraordinary weather affecting the UK. We seeAs of 9th January 2016 we’ve not had a frost for nearly three years, the last recorded on 18th January 2013. A look at the remarkable weather for...

Weather Blog

A look at the remarkable weather for December 2015 from Chris Watts, VBG’s weather recorder Here is a quick assessment of the extraordinary weather we experienced in December. The mean temperature,11.9C, was up by 5.4C over the 1921-50 average for the Hospital....

Mirror Orchid flowers at VBG

Mirror Orchid Ophrys speculum flowers The unbelievably mild weather has brought forward many spring flowering plants at the Garden, but perhaps nothing more exquisite than the Mirror Orchid, Ophrys speculum. These are native to the Mediterranean where they love to...
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