VENTNOR BOTANIC GARDENS
The garden is on the site of the now-demolished Royal Hospital for Disease of the Chest and has a variety of tropical plants due to Ventnor's subtropical micro climate, protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. It holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known. When frost does occur it is usually of short duration and not great severity. With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown and even palms more at home in the desert have been seen in full bloom.
We must thank the new owner John Curtis the team at VBG for helping make this festival interactive with the whole garden. Lots of hard work has gone into the gardens and buildings this past year and we're sure you will be impressed. From a new cafe and restaurant/venue to funky landscaped beds and seating areas. We hope everyone will fully respect all aspects of it, stay off the flower beds, look, smell, wander off the paths and explore. Snap pics not plants!!
Dispose of your litter properly – please use the recycle points available or take your litter home with you.
The Healing Festival started in 2011 to raise money for the garden which at the time was owned by the IW council and reportedly making at least £100k yearly loss and threatening closure. Since the government made all its cut backs the garden suffered, jobs were lost and funding slashed. The council saw the garden along with a number of other island assets as burdens. Rather than managing them properly the council chose to sell these burdens including the Botanic Garden and the iconic Wintergardens building for just £1 each. Now it is privately owned it is no longer free but the garden is back on it's feet and looking better than ever.
To find out more about the garden please visit their website at www.botanic.co.uk.
Ventnor Botanic Garden
Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 855397