You may recall I mentioned that I headed up to Belfast a couple of weeks ago. An old college friend had flown in from New York for the weekend and since I'd never been to Belfast- I took the opportunity to drive up. Only 3 hours from Nenagh now with the improved motorway system (be forewarned, however, there is no petrol station on road until after Dublin!).
I've got loads of photos but here are some I took at the Belfast Botanic Gardens which is located just around the corner from Queens University- an absolutely beautiful building. This was 16th April and everything was in bloom and so impeccably planted.
We couldn't have ordered a more beautiful setting with everything perfectly in bloom- there is something to be set about organized bulb planting!
The gardens were first established in 1828 and The Palm House, designed by Charles Lanyon, was completed in 1840. It was built by Richard Turner of Dublin who went on to build the famous Great Palm House at Kew Gardens.
I've always loved Botanic Gardens and it is always such an experience to see such a wide range of unusual plants up close. My camera unfortunately lost batter power after this last shot but I have more on my mobile (but still haven't mastered uploading those yet!)
This section was so beautifully planted. Probably hard to see but so inspiring.
The Botanic Gardens sit adjacent to the Ulster Museum which is a beautiful newly renovated museum that is well worth a visit. It has a fabulous museum shop featuring many Northern Ireland artists and a cafe. I popped in briefly to check out a photographic exhibit but did not have time to tour the museum in full.