If you're ever in Devon (near Exmouth) and you like a Victorian greenhouse or two, I can highly recommend a day out to Bicton Botanical Gardens.
The outside grounds are made up of mainly pine tree walks, a huge and very neat Italian-inspired garden and various play areas and places to eat. There's even a little train ride!
This is all lovely, but it's the greenhouses that are the main event in my book. There's about six of them, each replicating a different botanical zones of the world. I wish I hadn't gone on the hottest day of the year though as it transformed a lot of those greenhouses into exotic pizza ovens - aren't plants amazing that they can live through all this heat!
The main star of the show is the Palm House which is nearly 200 years old! It's made up of tiny panes of glass and is equally stunning inside and out.
Expect a few greenhouse/palm-themed illustrations very soon!