Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

Last updated: 22 November 2022

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Address and contact details
Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 3TR
Tel: 0121 4541860
Fax: 0121454 7835
Web site:
Latitude: 52° 28' 06" N
Longitude: 01° 55' 40" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1829
Ownership:Birmingham Botanical & Horticultural Society Ltd.
Garden code:BMBG
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, English Heritage, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, National Heritage Programme
Chief Executive: James Wheeler
Head Gardener: Wayne Williams
Senior Horticulturalist External Areas: Giulio Veronese
Librarian: Patricia Turner
Contact person: James Wheeler
Total Staff:45
Total Horticultural Staff:7
Accessions:(1) Amenity - horticultural variety; (2) education - economic, geographic, ecological; (3) wide range as possible
Collections:National Collection of Cyclamen species. National Bonsai Collection.
Physical environment
Altitude:140 m
Soil type:Sand, acid
Aspect:South and West
Total area:5.6 ha
Area heated:1350 m²
Weather recordsRecords are kept of Max and Min temperatures in the glasshouses and on site of Nursery are taken.
Direction:South, West
Average annual:750 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Dicksonia x lathamii (hybrid D. antarctica x D. arborescens) a putative hybrid possibly unique - see Gardner's Chronicle 1885
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea', circa 200 years old- older than the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, when the land was Holly Bank Farm. Cedrus deodara (two specimens) received as seed in the 1840's as seed by James Watt Junior. (His father James Watt Senior. was the inventor of steam power that drove the industrial revolution).
Special families within the collections:
Araceae, Bromeliaceae, Cactaceae, Cycadaceae, Marantaceae, Orchidaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Special collections:
National Bonsai Collection,
National Collection of Cyclamen species
E.H. Wilson Bed, (E.H. Wilson worked here 1893-97)
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Dianthus armeria
Deptford Pink
VU prop T8 Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:BG-Base
Phenological records:No
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Two very small 19 century archival
Library:2,500 volumes plus journals, reference only
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden Guide, Quarterly Newsletter circulated to members
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, public education, potential for taxonomic
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Four display glasshouses- Tropical, Subtropical, Mediterranean & Arid, Seasonal Butterfly House (Late May to Early September), Restaurant, café, plant sales, gift shop, library, 3 function rooms
Access to the collections
Public access:Shop and Library Free.
Admission charge to gardens and glasshouses
Visitors per year:120000+
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am - dusk. Open daily except Christmas day and Boxing Day.
Guiding principles behind the collection
Birmingham Botanical Gardens aim to assemble a plant collection to provide an amenity for members of the founding society and the public, and an educational resource for schools in the West Midlands region. The latter is served by two full-time tutors. The collection has as wide a geographic, taxonomic and ecological base as facilities permit, with emphasis on economic plants.
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