One of the most delightful features of Royal Victoria Park, The Botanical Gardens were formed in 1887 and within their 9 acres is one of the finest collections of plants on limestone, certainly in the West Country. The Gardens boast many choice trees, shrubs, a fine herbaceous border, a rock garden and pool, a scented walk, a collection of old shrub roses, a replica of a Roman Temple (the City’s exhibit at the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924), and lots of other very interesting features.
To mark the centenary in 1987 the gardens were extended to include the Great Dell, a disused quarry and formerly part of the park itself, which already contained a very fine collection of conifers. It has been developed into a woodland garden, and contains ever more plants and features to add to this fascinating and beautiful park.
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