Belfast Autumn Fair - Botanic Gardens - Sat 15 Sept 2012

Posted: 18/9/2012

Trevor enjoyed a short visit to the Belfast Autumn Fair in Botanic Gardens - Sat 15th. Sept 2012. The city park adjacent to the Nat Museum was a hive of activity for all the Family.

Belfast`s annual Autumn Flower Show certainly went for gold with its wide range of displays, plant and craft stalls which obviously captured the imagination and entertained the many visitors!

It was a particular thrill to visit the stand of the Rose Society of Northern Ireland and have a chat with the President Mr Craig Wallace MBE FRSN who formed the Society in March 1964. Obviously we need to watch out for big celebrations in 2014!

Check out Rose society web link above. Please note the web site is Under Construction.

The friends of the Tropical Revine were on hand to guide the visitors. The revine within the Botanic Gardens contains some of the oldest seed plants around today, as well as banana, cinnamon, bromeliad and orchid plants. Features of interest include a plant-filled sunken glen, flowering vines, tree frens and leaf silhouettes.

The stunning Palm House was looking stately and was as popular as ever! The Palm House is one of the earliest examples of a glasshouse made from curved iron and glass. 

It shows how advances in glasshouse technology allowed horticulturists to grow exotic plant species during the Victorian period. 

The building was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, who also helped design parts of nearby Queen's University. 

The foundation stone was laid in 1839 and the two wings were completed in 1840 by leading ironmaster Richard Turner. Richard Turner was Ironmaster in Hammersmith Iron Works in Dublin in 1834.

The dome was added in 1852. 

Well done to the Organisers of the Autumn Fair!

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