Oct 142011


I lived in Bath for three years when I was a student, and never knew it had a Botanic Garden. I wasn’t interested in gardening then – at the time the University offered a BSc in Horticulture and I used to think that all the glasshouses looked a bit boring. Mind you, I thought the boffins in labs tapping away at something called the ‘World Wide Web’ looked a bit boring, too. Thank heavens I didn’t embark on a career as a trend forecaster.

Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of botanic gardens as I’m not that interested in plant collections as such – more how plants are put together. But Bath Botanic Garden was set up (over 100 years ago) with the aim of being an attractive garden with botanical interest, rather than a garden that is purely of botanical interest. So it has an interesting layout and lots of nice features such as a scented walk and some surprisingly contemporary herbaceous borders.

Apparently it looks its best in spring but it was looking pretty good at dusk on an October day. The borders were still looking good and there was lots of autumn colour, berries and grasses, plus some amazing scents from the likes of a huge Abelia x grandiflora.

  4 Responses to “Bath Botanic Garden”

  1. What a beautiful photograph. Amazing colour, tonality and depth of field. Would make a wonderful painting. Well done!

  2. Funny how we change over the years.Being a photographer for many years, I would never have dreamed that I’d become a full time gardener and when I look at your photograph, I think that itt looks like a great place to sit down, stay for a while, soak up the scents and scenery and contemplate life. Thanks for gorgeous pic. Naom

  3. I misread the first line as For 3 years when I was a stalker. frankly, I think that would have been more interesting!

  4. I’m not permitted to talk about that, as you well know!

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