I've been preaching the picnic gospel a lot lately, and we're carrying on today. I'm a total girl when it comes to flowers. I find them absolutely beautiful, so if a city's got a garden, I'm there.
One of the first places we explored when we moved to Glasgow nearly three years ago now was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and I assure you, it's a gem.
In addition to vast grounds with a variety of flowers, trees, and other plants that ramble through the West End, there are two main glass houses full of interesting plants and sculptures. It feels quintessentially Victorian to my American brain.
I love that in one building, you can go from dessert to jungle just by opening a door.
They also have a tearoom, which I haven't visited, as well as a cute little coffee stall if you want an ice cream or a hot drink, depending on the weather.
It wasn't this time, but the Glasgow Botanic Gardens also regularly hosts a book fair, about every other weekend. I've gotten some great bargains on used books here.
There are lots of shops and restaurants nearby, so it's easy enough to get something to go, spread out a blanket under the shade of a large old tree, and enjoy the blooms and sunshine. You can lie back and look through the leaves and imagine ladies strolling through in big hats, long skirts, and high-heeled boots. It's absolutely lovely.
And did I mention it's free? There's really no excuse not to visit. If you find yourself in my city, make sure you check it out.