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4: Fate!


By lountad


One of our Christmas presents was tickets for a show (Dirty Dancing – one of my fave films!) and an overnight stay in a London hotel (without the kids yay!). The hotel was the Waterloo Novotel on the Lambeth Rd, right by the Thames and House of Parliament. On walking to the hotel what should we come across but a Museum of garden History – right by the hotel! I could see the look of dread in my husband’s eyes but he was persuaded it would be a quick look seeing as fate had obviously brought us together. He conceded and so i thought it my duty to report back to the G.O.Y. members and of course take a few piccies of what I found.
On entering a lovely floral display, the picture doesn’t really do it justice…

There’s a Beth Chatto exhibition on at the moment which is great if you’re a fan, not sure how long it runs for though. Also a local history bit, some garden history stuff and some quite gothic reminders in the gardenswhich was quite eerie in the stark winter weather! Quite interesting though. There’s a cafe and of course the obligatory gift shop too.

We liked this little fella!

A good idea for a chimney pot!

So even on a weekend away i still got my fix! The website for the museum is Good night all.

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How wonderful! I didn't know it even existed - and Beth Chatto is an absolute star - I've been to her garden twice.

You were so lucky to find this gem... thanks for the website addres, too.

1 Feb, 2009


What a wonderful surprise to add to your wonderful present. It looks like it would have been very interesting Lountad. I love the stone carving on the bottom photo of the 4 headed dragon. What is that? Is it a planter?

2 Feb, 2009


A very interesting place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

2 Feb, 2009


The carving was on a tomb in the garden, there are also a few headstones too which are really interesting as they are the resting place of 2 of the Trandescant family who were famous plant hunters apparently (see i did learn something from my visit!!). The museum is in the Lambeth Church right by Lambeth Palace, lots of history there, no doubt a few ghosties lurking there too by the look of the place!!

2 Feb, 2009


Gilli, glad we all have different tastes, otherwise it would be so boring. I don't like the stone carving with the skull, to grimm for me. But Lountad, all the other pictures are great, what a lovely day you had. Such a sweetie your hubby to cme along with you. Perhaps he tought it wasn't too bad after all, lol.

2 Feb, 2009


The two John Tradescants were father and son. They were both plant explorers in North America and gardeners. Tradescantia is named after them

2 Feb, 2009


This is very intersting, I've not heard of it before so I'll have a look on the website and maybe visit sometime.

12 Feb, 2009

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