The Dragon Arum

There is a fine display of flowering Dragon’s Arum (Dracunculus vulgaris) to be seen currently in the Mixed Border and the Mediterranean Garden. Some of the plants are remarkably over 2 metres in height! This plant is the most dramatic and eyecatching of the...

A threat to our Geranium maderense

Chris has planted out several hundred plants of the tender Geranium maderense along the roadside outside of the Gardens. They have survived two winters and by May they should be putting on a spectacular  show of flowers. Nothing quite like this will have been seen in...

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...

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....

Garden Blog

Having the Insula exhibition at VBG by Perdita Sinclair led to thoughts about seed dispersal by sea. Of all the strategies evolved by flowering plants to disperse their seed, the method with potential to spread furthest yet most treacherously, must be by sea.  The...

Chris’ Blog

Plant Profile Echium pininana When composing Blogs on plants at VBG it’s often easy to overlook the obvious through familiarity.  Perhaps a plant for which this botanic garden is rightly famed is one that we don’t tend, plant, propagate or molly coddle.  It has grown,...
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