Our hard work is paying off

There’s always something to look forward to in the Gardens and this July is no exception.

We’re launching the Urban Garden on July 1, now that it is fully planted for the summer. You may recall we built the Urban Garden to show those of you with small outdoor spaces (even balconies) how you can make the most of them.

We hope what we’ve done inspires you: our displays include a wide range of herbs, fruit, vegetables and edible flowers. Come and have a look to see how our lemon trees, eddoe, kiwi, Morello cherry, chillies and okra are doing.

If all goes to plan, and the government lifts the remaining restrictions, we’ll be reopening the Butterfly House on July 19, in time for the school summer holidays. It’s the only butterfly house in Birmingham and is home to hundreds of exotic species from as far away as Central America and Africa. If we are able to welcome visitors again, it will be open every day until early September.

You can expect to see lots of colours this month. The bedding schemes on the car park, bandstand and terrace are all settled in and they look fantastic, while the rose garden will be at its peak this month and will be a sight for sore eyes (and noses – the scent is intoxicating).

It’s at this time of the year when we gardeners reap the fruits of our labours and in the herbaceous border, opposite the playground, all of the dividing, staking, weeding and watering we’ve done is really paying off. 

We’ve had a few warm days so if the mercury rises once more, you can enjoy some respite in the cool tranquil fern garden, which has lots of lovely shaded spots.

If we get some dry spells, you can be sure our small team of gardeners will spend a lot of time watering the newly planted areas outside as well as the four display glasshouses and nursery.

The gardening team love seeing social media posts of visitors’ trips to the Gardens. If you spot something you love, have a question about a specific plant or just want to highlight your trip, please tag us or post to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Here’s to another great month – we hope to see you all soon.