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Ventnor Botanic Garden was created on the site of the former Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. Due to Ventnor’s microclimate, the garden is protected from cold northerly winds by chalk downs to the north and holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that frost is rarely known. With a climate allegedly more akin to the Mediterranean, the garden claims to be "Britain's hottest garden", where a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of the mainland can be grown, and boasts an unrivalled collection of subtropical plants growing unprotected out of doors. Many of the plants are displayed in representations of geographical regions (eg Australia, South Africa) in an attempt to show them as they might appear in the wild. There is an interesting hot house too. Other facilities include a café and shop.
NB When visited in 2017, the gardens were pleasant to walk through, but looking patchy – possibly affected by wind – and the place had the appearance of needing investment. Some of the staff were distinctly disengaged.

Undercliff Drive
Isle of Wight
Post Code
PO38 1UL
Main Historic Period
Useful Website Address
Ventnor, Godshill
Primary Management

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