Hampton Court
Flower Show 2002


Day 1 Chiswick, Kew
Day 2 RNRS Garden of the Rose, Hatfield House
Day 3 Waddesdon, Chenies
Day 4 Hampton Court
Day 5 Beth Chatto, RHS Hyde Hall
Day 6 Highwood Ash
Day 7 Free Day

Our second day, Tuesday, included a visit to the RNRS Gardens of the Rose…now what perfect timing!  If 30,000 roses in bloom doesn’t make you gasp in delight, then I feel sorry for you!  It was just wonderful and as you walk along you can smell them in the air.  I had been here before so took some different shots this time…of the headquarters, a side view this time as I had a front view.  My most favorite picture this time is of the peachy pink rose with the lavender clematis.  They look so happy together…we then spent time in St. Albans before leaving.  St. Albans has a fantastic history – it was once a Roman town.  Much to see!


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Hatfield House & Gardens was next - This celebrated Jacobean House, which stands in its own great park, was built between 1607 and 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I. It has been the family home of the Cecils ever since. The main designer was Robert Lyminge and, it is thought, young Inigo Jones. The interior decoration was the work of English, Flemish and French craftsmen, notably Maximilian Colt. The State Rooms are rich in world-famous paintings including the Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Ermine Portrait by Nicholas Hilliard. Fine furniture from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, rare tapestries and historic armour can be found in the State Rooms.

Within the delightful gardens stands the surviving wing of The Royal Palace of Hatfield (1497) where
Elizabeth I spent much of her girlhood and held her first Council of State in November 1558. Some of her possessions can be seen in the house. The picture showing more lavender tones also shows the very old palace.  The other wonderful shot of this palace is the one with the two statues on either side of the walkway and the grasses in the foreground.

West Gardens contain a formal and wilderness garden, a scented garden with a herb garden at its center, and a knot garden, planted with plants and bulbs which would have grown in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.  Since I have pictures of this garden from previous tours, I decided to take one of this magnolia, that just astounded me.  The open flowers were so big but they were too high up for me to get a good picture…this one is pretty nice though, growing against a red brick wall.   The garden with the stone fence is their private garden, not open to the public.  This is the front of the house and faces a very long driveway…you can see the tall entrance gate at the end.  To add to my collection of benches is this wonderful carved wooden bench.

Were we surprised to find that Lady Salisbury was right behind us taking some friends of hers through the house!


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