When the sun shines, the Botanics (as they're known to locals) quickly fill up with people enjoying the extensive lawns, beautiful flower displays, and herb garden. At the heart of the gardens is the spectacular circular glasshouse, the Kibble Palace, a favorite haunt of Glaswegian families. Originally built in 1873, it was the conservatory of a Victorian eccentric named John Kibble. Its domed, interlinked greenhouses contain tree ferns, palm trees, and the Tropicarium, where you can experience the lushness of a rain forest and briefly forget the weather outside. Another greenhouse holds a world-famous collection of orchids. In July the park becomes a stage for presentations of Shakespeare's plays.