Ventnor Botanic Garden Today



Foreword by Alan Titchmarsh. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Britain’s Hottest Garden.

Ventnor Botanic Garden, on the Isle of Wight, lies in the remarkable micro climate at the heart of the famous ‘Undercliff.’ This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known. When frost does occur it is usually of short duration and not great severity. With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown.

The Garden is unrivalled for its collections of subtropical plants grown unprotected out of doors. Botanic Gardens are becoming increasingly relevant in the face of the climate emergency. So how we garden, how we practice plant conservation, and how we operate is becoming as important as the plants themselves.

In this publication we explain the Ventnor Method and how it can be deployed in any climate, garden or setting around the world. Presenting a garden using the Ventnor Method allows ecosystems to develop above and below ground in a way that encourages wildlife, reduces the gardener’s work, saves water and improves plant survival rates.

This contemporary high end production courtesy of Shaun Cuff Design is bursting with extraordinary photographs that install a huge sense of pride of what we have here at Ventnor Botanic Garden. This special publication is like your very own personal guided tour of the Garden with the Curator and the Director.

Enjoy! – From all of us here at Ventnor Botanic Garden. Each purchase helps to ensure we get the funding needed to continue with our vision for years to come.


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