Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

The Hampton Court Flower Show is on this week. Alas, I do not have a ticket, but I shared the train there from waterloo with eager horticulturalists, and the return journey with same, only this time carrying an array of plants. The station was so busy they had laid on live music to entertain us.

There were of course also plants at the station, displayed in the wheelbarrows that over the past few years have become planters of choice for public spaces.

Wheelbarrow planter at the railway station

Wheelbarrow planter at the railway station

I don’t get to work at Hampton Court anywhere near as often as I should like. It’s a brilliant day out and there’s so much to do and to see. You can travel there by train, by boat, or a mixture of the two, and the setting, by the river, is to die for.

On the river

On the river


You can visit much of the surrounding gardens for free, and they are both formal and wonderful.
Wonderful formality

Wonderful formality


Heraldic spaces

Heraldic spaces


Extensive swathes of grass invite children to play and tumble. And there’s always something to investigate.

William III's carriage

William III’s carriage

For the weary, a horse drawn carriage will move you from A to B.

Horse-drawn

Horse-drawn

I’ll save pictures of the buildings, the courtyards and the interiors for another day. This is the week to celebrate the gardens at Hampton Court.

Celebrate Our Gardens

Celebrate Our Gardens

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