They might not have the international prowess of Kirstenbosch, nor its size or funding, but the Sheffield Botanical Gardens are still pretty impressive. We were there today, out with family for coffee and fresh air, and the summer flowers were out in force:

They’ve also done a range of flower flags, featuring England, Romania, China and Armenia (I don’t makes the rules here), and Spain, Cuba, Norway and the USA.

I used to come down here when I was a kid – they had parrots and piranhas in the glasshouses. Then I watched with distress as the money ran out and things started to fall apart. The programme of volunteers, donations and funding that they’ve got in place now is making all the difference. The gardens were busy today, the café bustling, the benches full, and the gardens themselves were a spectacular sight.

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