Even though it’s summer and most days are warm to even hot, I never have enough of high, almost tropical temperatures. The forecast for Wednesday last week was relatively poor (only around 20°C, with possible showers?!), so because summer decided not to come to me that day, I thought I’d go and chase it myself. In the city where I used to study (just a 25-minute train ride from my town), there are indoor tropical gardens – or, as we call it, a palm house (palm trees don’t normally grow here in this climate). I believe it’s a similar place to more popular Kew Gardens in London, though I’m yet to visit those, so I can only guess.
The gardens are split into a few smaller areas, based on the type of plants they host, with varying temperatures and humidity – though I’d say all of them would be called tropical by most visitors. 🙂
The high ceiling allows tall trees – such as palm trees and banana trees – to grow completely indoors, unaffected by cold, snowy weather outside in winter. Each room has a staircase to a bridge in the canopy, so you can see those tall trees up close.
On top of the trees, the gardens also feature a variety of colourful flowers, smaller green plants, and succulents.
In addition, there are also some exotic animals on display – parrots, stick insects, turtles, lizards, snakes and even a squirrel (some exotic squirrel, not a species inhabiting our parks). There is also one room with four ginormous fish tanks.
The squirrel was so adorable! A fairly large part of one room was turned into its enclosure and filled with branches and ropes – the little guy made use of all of them and kept jumping around.
If you’d like to visit a jungle without having to leave your room, here’s a short video I shot in the gardens. Warning: one particularly adorable squirrel with apparent ADHD got a lot of screen time. 🙂
If you’re ever around, do consider visiting the Palm House in Gliwice, Poland. It’s open Tuesday to Sunday, and an adult ticket is only around £2.