Future Gardens (Part 1) Wildflowers and Butterflies
Last weekend we visited Future Gardens. These are designer gardens built as part of a new Butterfly World which is being created at Chiswell Green, near St Albans, Hertfordshire. It appears a strange place for show gardens but the emphasis is on sustainability and encouraging wild life so perhaps the siting is not as odd as it first appears. The gardens are open from 5th June to 4th October. I’ll post about the actual gardens in another post after I show you their surroundings.
We went with two friends and all four of us were bowled over by the wild flower planting which covers acres and acres of the site including the sides of the access road. The Digger almost ran off the road as he couldn’t keep his eyes off the flowers!
I haven’t a clue what their names are so any help would be appreciated. I’ve never seen a display like it and we were so pleased that we had seen it at its best. Here is part of a walk which leads up to a Giant Ant!
Parts of the site are still uncompleted including some paths and the main butterfly attraction which is going to be a huge glass dome for tropical butterflies. In the meanwhile visitors have to make do with a small display. Small or not who can resist butterflies.
There is also a garden outside for British Butterflies, which will include a glass dome and a lake nearby.
You can see that there is still some work to be done but we found it interesting to see the project in its early stages.
I am guessing that this is where the Tropical Butterfly House will be built, below a large viewing platform which presently houses the Temporary Butterfly display I’ve shown above. At present there is a large silhouette of a butterfly marking the spot.
If you want to visit now is a good time as there is a 2 for 1 offer on. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is unfinished. There is a cafe and a shop…..and a plant sales area!!!!! Yes I bought 3 plants. There was quite a nice selection but I resisted overbuying. Mostly because the 4 of us took up most of the car space. Safety in numbers!
The Garden of the Rose run by the Royal National Rose Society is on an adjoining site so you can admire the roses after you have had your fill of display gardens, butterflies and wild flowers.
I’ll post about the Future Gardens as soon as I can.