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BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The gardens are close to the centre of Birmingham and open every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset. They are located at grid reference SP049854.

They were designed in 1829 by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher. The gardens opened in 1832.

The layout is recognisably Loudon's and, as he proposed, there is a conservatory at the top of the site. There is a lawn on the slope in front of the conservatory and a range of beds and shrubberies round its perimeter. In 1839, Loudon noted that "the trees and shrubs have thriven in an extraordinary degree". Overall, the character is that of a Victorian public park – with a bandstand set in 15 acres (6 hectares) of landscaped greenery.


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