I visited the gardens in August 2022 with my brother and nephew, but I never quite got around to sharing the experience until now … as I think of Spring and planning park and garden visits between now and autumn, I thought I’d start with ‘one I did earlier’.
There were lots of trees, so I’ll just share some general photos later, but there were one or two highlights and curiosities I want to pull out from the experience.
Statue of Pan
The Statue of Pan is located in The Rose Garden which was redesigned in the 1950s in a traditional Italian style. Pan is in the centre of the Rose Garden. I’ve quite a few photos of Pan, but none of the roses, although I see there are some rose bushes in the background of some of the pictures.
Photos courtesty of Brenda
The Bear Pit
The name piqued my curiosity before anything else. I’d never seen a bear pit before, so was eager to see this for myself. Needless to say, they do not keep a real bear in the pit today. The statue we see above dates from 2005 and stands at 2.4m tall.
The pit was built in 1836 and its first occupant was a black bear called Bruin. It would appear that bears weren’t a success with the locals of Sheffield, they found Bruin boring. On his death in 1855 2 other bears arrived, but by 1859 they were up for sale in the press, so it doesn’t look like they were any more popular than Bruin. After that date, the bear pit fell into disuse.
On the day we visited the Gardens, we had the extra excitement of small scale filming taking place – we had to take turns with the film crew and actors to go inside the pit. Maybe I should have been more curious and asked questions and taken photos. Isn’t hindsight wonderful.
It is my brother standing with the bear in the photo below – he’s 6’2″, so gives you an idea of the size of the bear – and the pit.
There were lots of things to explore in the Gardens but I don’t think I’d ever seen so many friendly squirrels. The ones beside me in Glasgow certainly wouldn’t come to say hello.
General Garden Photos
Some interesting “dead” trees
And finally – inside the Pavillions
Citydays, undated, Sheffield Bear Pit, https://citydays.com/things-to-do/united-kingdom/england/sheffield/sheffield-bear-pit/
Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust, https://www.sbg.org.uk/
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