What to look for in March

Rainforest Biome

Native to the tropical forests of the Philippines, the stunningly beautiful jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys, is displaying its pendant trusses of turquoise, claw-shaped flowers to the delight of our visitors – an eagerly awaited event every year!

You'll be able to experience breath-taking views and admire some of the rainforest’s tallest trees, from the amazing Rainforest Canopy Walkway, including for the first time this month, the brand new Weather Maker section and rope bridge. Look out for brilliant bromeliads; their typically whorl-shaped structure acts like a bucket to hold water, life-giving not only to the plants themselves, but to the tree frogs who call this home in the wild and lay their precious eggs within.  

Mediterranean Biome

Our new Australia exhibit is really taking shape now, and the iconic grass trees, Xanthorrhoea, that epitomise the Australian bush, are being planted. These ancient plants thrive on nutrient-poor soils, and respond to wildfire by flowering profusely.

In the Mediterranean landscape, the rock roses (Cistus), are in flower, their delicate purplish-pink or white petals like crumpled silk – so evocative of the region at this time of year.

The grapevines are bursting into life, and the tulips are beginning to flower in a blaze of vibrant colour – protected from the elements, the displays will last for several weeks. 

Outdoor gardens

As spring finally arrives on March winds, blue is the dominant colour in the Outdoor Gardens this month, with gorgeous displays of Scilla siberica, Scilla bifolia, Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’, Anemone nemorosa ‘Royal Blue’, and Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Azurea’ with its distinctive spotted leaves. Multitudes of miniature Iris enjoy the damp, sunny conditions of early spring, while Corylopsis sinensis puts on a show later in the month.