Chelsea Flower Show



May 24 Wisley
May 25 V & A Museum
May 26 Emmetts, Chartwell and Ightham Mote.
May 27 Chelsea
May 28 Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park
May 29 Kensington Palace grounds
May 30 Scotney Castle & Sissinghurst

I left for this tour on May 22nd and on my stop in Calgary, decided to visit Oraoxygen. I tried their 15 minute oxygen session plus 15 minute foot massage in preparation for my 8+ hour flight to London. Both relaxed me and it was especially nice to get my feet massaged as I find they swell a bit on the plane. They offer many services to travelers and it was quite busy when I was there. Adelina is shown behind the counter and you can find out more about their 'airport wellness spa' concept' at their website

I always try and get out and walk around and maintain my sleep pattern as much as I can, and this time since the hotel was close to Holland Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, decided to venture over there and see that. All that remains of the house from the 1600's is the east wing, orangery and the ice house. The gardens were very pretty and you can imagine how impressive the house and grounds might have been just by looking at what is there now.

Shown are the Japanese Garden, Italian rose garden, east wing, ice house and some wonderful tiles that once was the fence surrounding the house.

The next two pictures are of a house that looks like a tower - I had to ask the gardener because it looked like a church with its stained glass windows.
He told me that Williams Sturges built this as a home in the 1800's, it was gothic in style and the interior reflects that of the exterior. Now I don't know if this is true, but he did let me see the wonderful little private garden at the back. The next picture is of the front garden of the house next door to this one. Colourful and a delight to view.

Our tour officially started May 23rd when we all met for dinner, then it was to bed.





  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row