The Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses are a 15 acre oasis of delight. Designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher, they opened to subscribers in 1832. Explore habitats (e.g. woodland, alpine and British wetlands), theme gardens (e.g. Japanese and organic), the Children's Discovery Garden, orienteering courses, historical gardens (e.g. Roman, Mediaeval, Tudor), the Growing Schools Garden and the Green Man's Garden. We also offer four glasshouses simulating the following climates; tropical, sub-tropical, Mediterranean and arid.