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Our visit in August to RHS Harlow Car.

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T surprised me last week, when we left the campsite we had stayed on with our daughter and family, with a visit to Harlow Car. I only realised where we were going when I saw the signs for the gardens.
It was a beautiful day and it was the first time I have been there. The car parks were full and we ended up having to park in the overflow area. I expected the gardens to be crowded with people but surprisingly they weren’t. Here are photos of the areas I loved…there aren’t many because the battery on the camera gave up. If I’d known we were going I’d have made sure the battery was fully charged..
As we had Emily and Samuel with us we followed the trail of clues for the Alice in Wonderland theme…..
It took us throughout the whole of the gardens.

We spent some time looking at the water snails, dragon flies, water boatmen and other pond life in the pond near to the education centre.

I was surprised to come across Dermid Gavin’s garden…
Lots of greenery and very little colour..


We liked the shape of this seat round the corner..

The borders were an absolute joy to see. So full of shape, textures and colour.

I loved this stand of grasses. It looked brilliant in the sunshine.

I pointed out these Fairy rings to the children…

In the alpine house..

I want my top garden to look like this one day…


It was a brilliant day and we were all shattered by the time they had to tell us they were closing the gardens. We were almost the only vehicles left in the car parks…I really want to go back and spend a full day there. :o))

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Yes, i think i could easily spend a whole day there too HB. Lovely photos. Even the children look to be enjoying it. :)

18 Aug, 2015

 

It's lovely Homebird, and some great pictures.
I see some similarities with our local RHS gardens (Hyde Hall) .and they too are doing a Mad Hatter/Alice themed trail for the children this summer

18 Aug, 2015

 

Lovely peaceful place - it would be nice to go there again one day. I saw them in the early sixties at rhododendron time so its possible time for another excursion!
Loved the pic of the children under the gunneras!

18 Aug, 2015

 

Hi Sheila, lovely pictures, but who'se the young woman in the first 1 ? Derek.

19 Aug, 2015

 

You sure took the sun with you this time! Beautiful pictures of the English Countryside. I really appreciate seeing those. Great family time together, nothing like it!

19 Aug, 2015

 

One to add to the list I think.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Harlow Carr is amazing. I am about 1 1/2hrs away and get to go at least 6 times a year. when I retire I tend to go at least once a month to see how the garden changes with the year.

If it grows there it usually will grow in most places as it is rather cold up there ;o)

19 Aug, 2015

 

What a coincidence,Sheila..we were staying overnight,just outside Harrogate on Monday,and spent a lovely day,mostly in the Valley gardens in the town ..It's a while since we visited Harlow Carr,but your photo's brought back some lovely memories..If I remember rightly,the Head gardener at that time,moved to Wisley..I can't remember his name off hand..It's only an hours drive for us to get there..
Glad you enjoyed your day with your family..:o)

19 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks everyone. It was a really good few hours. Not enough time really to absorb it all.
That's my daughter in the first photo Derek..... Shelley....the Mad Hatter....lol. Emily couldn't decide whether she wanted the shrinking drink or the growing drink....lol.
There is a children's play area and our two had a great time climbing, sliding and balancing. They are used to visiting gardens and enjoy it especially the picnic we always take with us. Shelley had prepared it ( unknown to me) before we left the camp site. Terry and I will go again before winter as it turns out it's only about an hour and a half away from home.
SBG you lucky girl. 😊

19 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks Sheila, I thought it was you!!, as you said you had Emily and Samuel with you, I was wondering how you manage to look so young, and have grandchildren, lol, Derek.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Ha! Ha! Everyone says she looks like me..the poor thing... My children made me wait until I was 54 to give me grandchildren. Eldest is now 11, I'm old enough for great grandchildren I reckon now.....lol

19 Aug, 2015

 

Hi Sheila, I have 2 great grand children, {by marriage } 1 was 3 in april, the other 1 month old today, my own grandaughter will be 24 in december, she's been going out with her boyfriend for about 6 years now, and they haven't even got engaged yet, I'm 67, and not in any hurry for great granchildren of my own, Derek.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Emily who is 6, says she is having 24 children when she gets married and I will look after them for her!!!! If she waits til she is in her 30 's like her mum I will be well over a hundred....I might just cope....

19 Aug, 2015

 

LOL, I'm sure you will Sheila, Derek.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Lovely blog Homebird. Beautiful gardens and good time for everybody. Thank you for posting.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Sandra I've just been looking at Valley Gardens online. We didn't know about them and I'd like to visit there. We will have to look for somewhere close to stay overnight in the motorhome so we can visit both Harlow Car and Valley gardens. Thanks for telling me about them. We've got another couple of weeks before I'm needed for childminding duties again so we will have to see what we can do.

19 Aug, 2015

 

They are lovely,Sheila,I'm sure you will enjoy visiting,and it's a very short walk into town from there..I hope you manage to find somewhere to stay in your Motorhome..x

20 Aug, 2015

 

I loved all your pictures Homebird ! I had to put it in my "favourites" so that I can "walk" round it again ! With my husband having walking difficulties, we can't go to places like this as it would be too difficult for him, so its lovely to see what they are like !

20 Aug, 2015

 

That's such a shame Rose. T is waiting for a knee replacement so he struggles to walk far so we find him a seat and I wonder off on my own for a bit. Then we walk a bit further to another seat and off I go again. T gets the fresh air and enjoys the scenery while I get to enjoy the gardens. We feel like we've been out somewhere together this way.

20 Aug, 2015

 

Thats a good idea Homebird ! Its just finding the seats when we go anywhere, so generally stick to garden centres!

20 Aug, 2015

 

Have you thought of carrying a small folding chair Rose?
There are some very lightweight ones.

20 Aug, 2015

 

24 kids for you to look after in your old age, Homebird!!
Start planning to emigrate right away.😎

20 Aug, 2015

 

Lol...Ff. I had to laugh last week when another child asked her if she was still going to marry Frazier. He's crazy she added. Quite seriously she replies "Yes ". "I know and I am. "
Frazier is a friend since she was tiny and they've grown up together. He is a bit hyper at times. Never a dull moment.

21 Aug, 2015

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