The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world

Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, was recently restored at the cost of £41 million. It contains some of the rarest and most threatened species of plants on the planet. Following a major five-year renovation process, the Temperate House re-opened in 2018 to showcase the magnificence of the world’s temperate zones. … Read moreThe largest Victorian glasshouse in the world

10 Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London offer a host of springtime attractions, even on a showery day like the one of our visit. My top ten Springtime attractions are the Rhododendron Dell, Baby Geese, the Palm House, the Waterlilly House, the Treetop Walkway, the Temperate House, the Great Pagoda, the Mediterranean Garden, the Princess of … Read more10 Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Princess of Wales Conservatory Kew Gardens

The fabulous Princess of Wales Conservatory replaced a group of 26 smaller buildings, including a fernery and a cactus house. Princess Diana opened the conservatory in 1987 but the glasshouse is actually named after Princess Augusta, mother of George III, who founded the Gardens in 1759. With a floor space of 4,500 square meters, the … Read moreThe Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Audley End gardens and falconry from horseback

Audley End gardens

We stroll around the parterre garden with its colourful display of tulips and bedding plants. Beyond the garden are views of the parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. We walk to the large walled Victorian kitchen garden and our visit ends with a display of falconry from horseback. Audley End in Saffron Walden, Essex, was … Read moreAudley End gardens and falconry from horseback

Kew Gardens Rhododendron Dell

Kew Gardens Rhododendron Dell

Enjoy the rich colours and textures of the magnificent rhododendron at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Sir Joseph Hooker brought back many new specimens of rhododendron from his travels to the Himalaya in the mid-19th century. Today, 150 years later, dense clusters of rhododendrons flower in the dell, including unique hybrids not found elsewhere in the … Read moreKew Gardens Rhododendron Dell

Aylett dahlia festival 2018 ablaze with colour

Aylett dahlia festival

We visit the field where the spectacular and famous dahlias are grown. The festival was 8th to 16th September 2018 at Aylett Garden Centre, North Orbital Rd, St Albans, Herts. There was row upon row of colourful dhalia plants in a large field. There was also a scarecrow competition in the Celebration Garden. Watch the … Read moreAylett dahlia festival 2018 ablaze with colour

Belton – a 17th-century country house of treasures

Belton, Grantham, Lincolnshire

This National Trust property in Grantham, Lincolnshire is often cited as being the perfect example of an English country house estate. Much of the justification for such a claim lies in the quality, completeness and sheer panache of its aristocratic collections. Watch the video: The following stills are from the above video. Camera: Sony RX100 … Read moreBelton – a 17th-century country house of treasures

A walk in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

A walk in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

A walk from the tranquil Parque García Sanabria to the noisy harbour, admiring some of the beautiful flowers and trees on the way. The Parque García Sanabria is the largest urban park in the Canary Islands. The park’s floral clock was manufactured in Switzerland by Favag. Watch the video: The following stills are from the … Read moreA walk in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Canons Ashby an Elizabethan manor house in Northamptonshire

Canons Ashby an Elizabethan manor house in Northamptonshire

Canons Ashby House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house located in the village of Canons Ashby, south of the town of Daventry, Northamptonshire. The interior of Canons Ashby House is noted for its Elizabethan wall paintings and its Jacobean plasterwork. It is owned by the National Trust. Watch the video: The following stills … Read moreCanons Ashby an Elizabethan manor house in Northamptonshire

Trentham Estate lake and gardens at Stoke-on-Trent

Trentham Estate lake and gardens at Stoke-on-Trent

The Trentham Estate is an award-winning visitor attraction, welcoming over 3 million visitors a year. The estate includes a large lake with a passenger boat, Italian gardens and woodland walks. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown worked on the landscape at Trentham around 1760. Watch the video: The following stills are from the above video. Camera: Sony RX100 … Read moreTrentham Estate lake and gardens at Stoke-on-Trent

Shugborough Estate a stately home in Staffordshire

Shugborough Estate a stately home in Staffordshire

The centerpiece of the Shugborough Estate is Shugborough Hall, parts of which date back to 1695. Further additions were made during the 18th and 19th centurys. There is an exhibition showing highlights from the lives of two previous residents; Thomas Anson who was a Member of Parliament and George Anson who was First Lord of … Read moreShugborough Estate a stately home in Staffordshire

Baddesley Clinton a moated manor house in Warwickshire

Baddesley Clinton is a moated manor house

Baddesley Clinton is a moated manor house near the historic town of Warwick in the English county of Warwickshire. The house probably originated in the 13th century, when large areas of the Forest of Arden were cleared for farmland. It is owned by the National Trust. Watch the video: The following stills are from the … Read moreBaddesley Clinton a moated manor house in Warwickshire

A la Ronde a sixteen sided house in Devon

A la Ronde, near Exmouth in Devon

A la Ronde, near Exmouth in Devon, is owned by the National Trust. It was built in 1796 for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter. Jane was the daughter of a rich merchant. Following the death of her father, Jane decided to set up home in Devon together with her cousin Mary. They purchased … Read moreA la Ronde a sixteen sided house in Devon

Montacute House National Trust, Yeovil, Somerset

Montacute House

Montacute house and village have often featured as locations for films. It was used as one of the locations for the BBC’s adaption of the novel Wolf Hall, in 2014. The fictional location for the Wallace and Gromit film ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, Tottington Hall, was based on Montacute House. Watch the video: The … Read moreMontacute House National Trust, Yeovil, Somerset