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Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden (commonly known as Ventnor Botanical Gardens) is located in the microclimate of the renowned Undercliff on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The location of this unique Isle of Wight attraction means that the high levels of sunlight and lack of severe frosts experienced here enable Mediterranean and subtropical plants to thrive. Normally, the plants grown at Ventnor Botanic Garden would only be found in protected glasshouses, but because of the exceptional microclimate it is possible to see these exotic plants out in the open.

The Botanic Garden site originally housed the Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, founded way back in 1868. For around 80 years, the hospital was an important part of Ventnor and the Isle of Wight as a whole, but when antibiotics for tuberculosis were discovered, the hospital was no longer needed and the building rapidly fell into disrepair. In 1969 the decision was made to demolish the old hospital which paved the way for Ventnor Botanic Garden to be created. The garden was originally called Steephill Pleasure Gardens, but this soon changed to the present title in 1972 after the subtropical plants were introduced.

No visit to the Isle of Wight is complete without a nice relaxed stroll around Ventnor Botanic Garden, where you will find a huge variety of unusual trees, flowers and plants which you would only expect to see in warmer climes. Wandering around the 22-acre site, you will find the plants are arranged in different geographical sections based on the Mediterranean zones of the world. After you have enjoyed the gardens, why not treat yourself to a nice cup of tea or coffee or a bite to eat in either the onsite café or restaurant, or maybe have a browse in the well-stocked gift shop.


Contact Details:
Ventnor Botanic Garden
Undercliff Drive
Isle of Wight
PO38 1UL

Tel: 01983 855397
Email: info@botanic.co.uk

For further information (current entrance fees, opening times etc) visit: www.botanic.co.uk

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