Namaqualand daisies

Warm temperate zone

A sheltered environment allows many plants from South Africa, Europe and the Americas, many showing extreme morphological adaptations to a seasonally dry climate.

Cycad cone

Sub-tropical zone

Warmth and humidity allow the cultivation of ferns, orchids, bromeliads and ancient cycads growing in a mountain forest display.

Tropical zone

Home to examples of tropical food and medicine plants the warm conditions allow for the cultivation of tropical forest species including many carnivorous Nepenthes.

Sarracenia flava

Cool zone

Bulbous plants, Australian heathland species and carnivorous plants thrive in the cool, bright conditions of the Cool Temperate Zone.


The glasshouse allows cultivation of plants from warmer climates and provides a valuable teaching environment and visitor experience. The 640m² glasshouse is divided into four distinct climatic zones: warm temperate, cool, sub-tropical and tropical and is home to plants from all four core collections. A fifth zone is devoted to propagation and is not open to the public. There is a wealth of plant diversity growing within the glasshouse and plants can be seen flowering at any time of year. An information display is erected during spring, summer and autumn when themed exhibitions give more information about the plants on display.