Filmy Fern House, Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, G12 0UE
c1875 with continuous modification
Discover The Filmy Fern House, a rocky grotto hidden at the heart of Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Learn about ferns with guided tours, a microscopic look at fern spores, library curiosities and children's activities. The Filmy Fern House is not normally open to the public.
A chance to see the very rare Killarney Fern which was hunted to near extinction in Scotland by Victorian 'pteridomaniacs'. It is just one of the species veiling the walls of the Filmy Fern House with their translucent fronds. The British Pteridological Society, in conjunction with Glasgow Botanic Gardens staff, will guide you on a tour of the Filmy Fern House (Booking required). Fern specialists will be on hand at a display in the Kibble Palace where you can find out about the fascinating lifecycle of ferns and examine spores under a microscope. Learn how to cultivate ferns in your garden and watch a spore sowing demonstration by the Botanic Gardens' fern propagator. In addition the Botanic Gardens' library will be open on Saturday with a display of rarely seen pteridological books.
Tours: Sat & Sun, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; 30 mins
Meeting point: Kibble Palace
Booking essential - opens 1st September at 10am
Accessibility: Limited Access - The Filmy Fern House is accessed via two unramped steps and then through a narrow door way (min 77cm). The grated iron floor surface leading to the house can be wet. No heeled shoes. Appropriate stout footwear. The library is in a separate building and is not wheelchair accessible. It can only be reached after climbing two flights of stairs.
Facilities: Seating, toilet, wheelchair accessible toilet, refreshments.
Parking: No parking available, Limited Blue Badge Parking on site only.