January: Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow

The picture above has appeared on this blog before, but I’m recycling it for Jude’s new Garden Challenge. Her theme for January is Winter Gardens – head to her blog the earth laughs in flowers to see her own entry, and check the comments for others.

What I haven’t shown you before are these photos of the inside of the Winter Gardens, two of which were taken from the balcony on the top floor of the People’s Palace. It’s very green and more spacious than it looks. I’ve been to a conference reception in the paths and clearings amongst the plants, and the café area – which just creeps into one shot – can be hired for weddings, graduation dinners and so on.

If it’s colour you’re after, head west to the Botanic Gardens where the hothouses are a delight in any season. Reds everywhere at Christmas! Disclosure: I’m far too impatient to take photos like these. All credit to John.

Or how about this? Between Christmas and New Year we had a short break at the Forest Hills Hotel near Kinlochard, which has beautiful grounds and gardens. When we arrived, it was dark and festively lit.

And it was lovely in a different way by day.

We had some rather damp walks when we were at Kinlochard – more on them to follow tomorrow.


29 thoughts on “January: Winter Gardens

  1. clicksclan January 10, 2016 / 11:41

    We went to the Winter Gardens on a trip when I was at university. My Mum and stepdad are really into gardens and at some point when they’re up I’m going to have to take them there.

    I’ve seen those pictures of the forest at night before as well. It looks like something out of a fairy tale. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh January 10, 2016 / 11:46

      Yes, you should take them there and also the Botanics. We live quite close to them so I see them in all seasons.


  2. lisadorenfest January 10, 2016 / 11:41

    That People’s Palace and Winter Garden is a magnificent structure with such beautiful treats inside. And the color John captured at the Botanic Gardens are just marvelous. But I most loved the snaps from the Forest Hills Hotel. The colors and reflections from the evening images are delightful and the daytime images should be a post card they are so perfect. Just wonderful.


    • Anabel Marsh January 10, 2016 / 11:45

      Thank you – it was a lovely place to stay. It even had its own waterfall which will appear tomorrow!


  3. joylovestravel January 10, 2016 / 11:49

    What a gorgeous place for a Christmas break – those trees look magical by night.


  4. Sukanya Ramanujan January 10, 2016 / 13:17

    Lovely photographs. I love gardens- but somehow the weather in Chennai doesn’t lend itself to gardens (and the pollution doesn’t help).


    • Anabel Marsh January 10, 2016 / 13:45

      Yes, I see how that could be! We achieve a lush green through having lots of rain 😦


  5. Heyjude January 10, 2016 / 16:42

    That is one stunning building and I am so happy you have shown me the inside. Winter Gardens are great to have near you, in winter 😀


  6. Fife Photos and Art January 10, 2016 / 18:07

    Beautiful photos Anabel 🙂 Every time I see one of your posts about Glasgow Winter Gardens, it makes me more determined to pay a visit next time we are through in Glasgow!


  7. Fife Photos and Art January 10, 2016 / 18:11

    PS I love your header photo of the view from The Minnack Theatre overlooking Porthcurno Beach with Treryn Dinas (Logan Rock) in the background!! 🙂 I’ve been swimming there many a time, and have walked that bit of the coast a fair bit!


    • Anabel Marsh January 10, 2016 / 18:23

      Yes, it’s so beautiful there. We spent a week in Lands End in October 14 and hiked a lot of the coastal path (in glorious weather as you can see).

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      • Fife Photos and Art January 11, 2016 / 11:30

        It is a wonderful part of the world, I was born and spent my childhood in Penzance, and lived in St Just (3-4miles north of Lands End) between 1998 and 2006 🙂


  8. jazzfeathers January 11, 2016 / 07:56

    Lovely 🙂
    I especially like the photos of the inside of the greenhouse. It looks like a wonderful place.


  9. restlessjo January 11, 2016 / 12:41

    Was that where they had the light show just before Christmas, Anabel? I saw it advertised, near to Pitlochry, and was very tempted. 🙂 Really must have a look in the People’s Palace some day. Your husband’s shots are lovely 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh January 11, 2016 / 12:45

      No, this is much closer to Glasgow – it’s not a show, that’s just the hotel grounds. The one you are thinking of is the Enchanted Forest – I’ve never been, but some friends went last year (well, 2014) so it’s on my list. Along with a million other things of course….


      • restlessjo January 11, 2016 / 15:54

        That’s the one. 🙂 You had to go by organised coach from Pitlochry to the forest.

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  10. Birgit January 11, 2016 / 18:00

    These pictures are just stupendous! I love these flowers and the first one with the pink and light blue-what kind of flower is that? The Christmas lights make it look like elves live in the forest-beautiful


    • Anabel Marsh January 11, 2016 / 18:26

      Somebody else asked me that and I have no idea! I very carefully don’t caption flowers because of my ignorance.


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