English Gardens

Old Jan 29th, 2001, 08:05 PM
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English Gardens

In London for week in September. Interested in gardens close by or within a daytrip. Any suggestions?

Old Jan 29th, 2001, 10:34 PM
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Chelsea Physic Gardens
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, UK - England SW3
20-7352-5646 tube Sloane

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew near Richmond, Surrey

Royal Horticultural Society Gardens Wisley - further out but well worth a trip for a day out.
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 01:51 AM
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I second Kew Gardens. It is an easy subway ride to the lovely village where, at Kew, you can enjoy several beautful conservatories and museum. They even offer a small, slow moving car that will take you around the park. (We enjoyed that as we had gone there from the Portobello Road Markets!)
They also have a shop where you may purchase flower bulbs, seeds, and other nice items. I loved it, any flower lover will!
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 03:29 AM
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It is a treat to see all the flowers at the covent gardens flower market on a sunday. It is not seeing plants in the grounc but nevertheless.I think the roses in Regent park will be done but that is also wonderful.
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 04:55 AM
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Here's some more info

The Museum of Garden History. for info:
Located at the southeast end of the Lambeth Bridge, on the other side of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament and next to Lambeth Palace.

Sissinghurst Castle and Garden: Famous 5.5 acre garden created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. Remains of Elizabethan mansion. Arrive early in the day, and try to avoid weekends.
Train from Charing Cross to Staplehurst, then taxi. Phone 01580 712850. Hours for Sissinghurst ( are (check this) 1-6.30pm Tues-Fri and 10-5.30 Sat and Sun, closed all Mondays. Beautiful as Sissinghurst is, it is pretty small (10 acres) and can get overcrowded; timed tickets are issued and you might not get entry on a weekend.

The website covers the National Gardens Scheme for England and Wales, and includes a Garden Finder: you select by county and by date.
If you enter "Gardens" on you get an alphabetical list of National Trust properties with good gardens. The English Heritage page on gardens on shows selected houses and castles with good gardens, though you have to use the link on most buildings to find what county they're in.
Fifty gardens, from "The Independent" newspaper

Old Jan 30th, 2001, 11:22 AM
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to keep the two tpgether
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 01:19 PM
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Not to be contrary but I'd skip Kew -- it's more of a scientific specimens museum rather than a garden.

BUT DO NOT MISS the RHS gardens at Wisley, a mere 35-minute train ride from London's Waterloo Station. Fabulous, to-die-for, drop-dead wonderful.

Also worthy of a day trip from London -- Beth Chatto's garden at Elmstead Market (take the train to Colchester; about 50 minutes).

Both the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Gardening Museum are well worth visiting.
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 04:59 PM
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ann, gloria, cee,elaine,& kat

Many thanks for all the wonderful information you posted for me regarding gardens in and around I can really go to work. I appreciate all your information and help!!!
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 05:16 PM
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I'm not sure how you would get there on a day trip but Scotney Castle Garden would definitely be great. Someone should be able to give you more info on getting there.

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