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Wow - I've Been There Again!


By AndrewR


Two years ago, I was fortunate enough, as a volunteer fund raiser with the Red Cross, to attend a Garden Party in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, held to celebrate the centenary of that organisation.

Early last year, it was announced that group visits would be started on certain weekends of the year. The response was overwhelming and, despite almost camping on the phone for two days, I was unable to get a place for our Garden Club in Bracknell. However, there was a waiting list and we were duly added to it.

This year, we reached the head of the list and yesterday afternoon, twenty-two eager members headed up the M4 in a coach hired for the trip. We allowed two hours to get there (if we were late, we would not be allowed in) and arrived an hour early. But finally our time arrived – we went through security, up some stairs to the Queen’s Gallery for a twenty minute talk about the history of the garden, back down the stairs, through a door and there we stood, on the edge of the three acre lawn at the back of the Queen’s official London residence.

Over the course of the next hour, we had a guided tour past the herbaceous borders, commemorative trees, the rose garden, a tennis court, the lake and other features in one of London’s largest gardens. Because we went to private parts of the grounds, not seen by the general public, we were not permitted to take photographs but I’m sure everyone came away with the pictures engraved in their minds.

Two years ago, it poured with rain; yesterday was damp with heavy showers. Third time lucky?

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Lucky you Andrew. Queen Victoria moved in when it was new residence did she influence the garden at all?

17 May, 2010


that was so lucky Andrew,glad you got in, sounds like a good day out for you i have been inside the palace on a day outing ..middle of summer.. so it was boiling the place was packed and enormous queues but well worth the wait.

17 May, 2010


Glad that camping on the phone was rewarded Andrew,and although no photo`s were allowed I`m sure you will re-live it time and time again.

17 May, 2010


You lucky thing, pleased you enjoyed it.

17 May, 2010


Twice, thats good going. I went last year to one of the garden parties, and like you it rained.

17 May, 2010


Before Victoria, I think George IV and William IV lived there.
Prince Albert built a mound in the garden which is still there; there are also two large plane trees planted by Victoria and Albert (although no-one knows who planted which one!)

18 May, 2010


what a lovely trip. this is so special isnt it.

18 May, 2010


How lovely for you Andrew......

22 May, 2010


I wonder if the Queen could be pursuaded to join GoY....and then she could add her own photos of her back garden. ;-)

26 May, 2010

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