Flower in Glasshouse


The Glasshouse, in Jephson Gardens, opened in 2003. It was built on the site of a redundant nursery as part of the Heritage Lottery funded restoration of Jephson Gardens.

The Glasshouse houses a range of beautiful tropical and temperate plants including banana, pink powder puff and bird of paradise. There is also a popular goldfish pond, observation beehive and a slate sculpture designed by David Wilson.

The building has an event venue, Jephson's, and a teaching Studio. Both are available for hire. The Studio is a great space for visiting school groups and for hosting craft activities and art sessions. Contact us to find out more.

We don't use pesticides or herbicides in the Glasshouse. We use biological control to reduce pests and remove any weeds by hand. Look out for the Bug of the Month during the summer to find out more about our biological control.

GeraniumOpening times

  • Summer - 10am to 5pm
  • Winter - 10am to 4pm

Current opening times are displayed at the entrances. Please note that the Glasshouse is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

The Glasshouse is sometimes hired for private functions. On these occasions it will be closed to the public. There will be signs on the doors informing visitors of the closure.

Hiring the Glasshouse

The Glasshouse is hired as part of the Jephson's event venue.

School visits

The Glasshouse is well-used by local schools for science and art sessions. There are lesson plans and worksheets available for visiting schools to use when they visit. Themes include plant growth, adaptation and food.

Contact us

Just Inspire Hospitality and Event Management look after the catering and events at Jephson Garden’s Glasshouse. The venues are currently undergoing refurbishment and will be re-opening on 1 March 2019.

Please complete the online enquiry form.