The Conservatory

Citrus plants have been grown at the Botanic Garden since the 1600s. Amongst those we grow are lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins, grapefruits and citrons. From late spring the fragrant scent of the flowers fills the Conservatory. When conditions are right, plants will bear flower and fruit simultaneously, and through much of the year.

Citrus flowers and fruit

The Conservatory is often used as a venue for our school and family activities. More recently this has included a celebration of International Year of Forests and Fair Trade fortnight. At Christmas visiting school children and families decorate our tree using objects such as seed heads collected from the garden.

The Christmas tree