Sheffield Botanical Gardens opened in 1836; my recent photoshoot location.
Back in July this year, I interviewed photographer Shehan Fernando. Admiring of his work, I was determined to shoot with him. When I discovered that he lived in Sheffield, I arranged to meet after Christmas, on my yearly tradition to visit and celebrate the holidays with family.
While the weather was freezing and my raynaud disease left me with tingling white fingers, I had the most fun modelling.
It’s always a question in the online world; what is this person like in real life and would we be just as close? Needless to say, it felt as though we had been friends for ages and no awkwardness occurred.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens itself is beautiful. My grandma use to take my mum and uncles when they were kids. At the time there was a parrot and a couple of birds which kept them entertained. Despite them now being a distant memory, knowing that I was in the same place that my grandma visited frequently, added a wonderful atmosphere and sense of belonging.
I am in love with the architecture; you can tell the building was originally designed in 1836. According to their website, a lack of funding led to a decline in maintenance and the Pavilions were boarded up in the mid 90s. Thankfully they have now been restored.
Once inside, you’re greeted to nature’s paradise. Shehan told me that he always manages to find something new to capture. The plants and trees are sectioned into different countries.
It does remind me of Kew Gardens although Sheffield Botanical Gardens feels more intimate; somehow more interesting in character.
Due to a lack of time, I could not manage to go around to every spot and photograph the palm tree or the fountains. Easily you could waltz round and become lost in your surroundings. There are so many distinct parts which are all unique. Perhaps in the summer I can return and fully enjoy the outside and hopefully the warm weather.
I am use to gardens being costly, specifically one’s that are well-kept and historical. This Botanical Garden is free, however there are tea rooms, a restaurant and various events throughout the year. Weddings and private hire are also optional.
What is the prettiest garden that you have been too?