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Audrey17-Feb-02 05:38 PM EST 7a   
Susan17-Feb-02 05:48 PM EST 6a   
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Susan17-Feb-02 07:43 PM EST 6a   
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Audrey17-Feb-02 08:25 PM EST 7a   
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Subject: New England Gardener Visiting London
From: Audrey
Zone: 7a
Date: 17-Feb-02 05:38 PM EST

This is my first time on this site, so please excuse me if I am not following the proper steps in writing this message. I am travelling to London this week, and would like some information (HELP!) on finding gardening shops, gardening books,roses, any recommended gardens (I know this is not a good garden time) My fondness is roses and clematis, and any knowledge someone might be able to give me sure would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Glad to meet everyone.


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 17-Feb-02 05:48 PM EST

This may be a really dumb question, but...do you mean visiting London, England or London, Ontario...?! (i.e; are you asking about London, England because of Donna's UK garden tours or are you asking about London, Ontario because this is a Canadian garden web site...?)


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
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Date: 17-Feb-02 06:26 PM EST

I am asking about London, England. I am sorry, but I didn't know this was a Canadian gardening site, I saw the Donna UK tours, and I just hoped it was England, and that I could get some info. I've never been to Ontario, so I didn't even know there was a London, Ontario :( Sorry 'bout that.


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
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Date: 17-Feb-02 06:28 PM EST

I am asking about London, England. I am sorry, but I didn't know this was a Canadian gardening site, I saw the Donna UK tours, and I just hoped it was England, and that I could get some info. I've never been to Ontario, so I didn't even know there was a London, Ontario :( Sorry 'bout that.


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 17-Feb-02 07:43 PM EST

I sort of figured it was England you were talking about, but I thought it'd be good to know for sure...

I'm actually more familiar with gardens in London, England than I am in London, Ontario, although I live in Ontario (but not near London....)

England is a month or so advanced in season compared to here so there should be some spring bulbs and primroses showing, but gardens are not likely to be much to see at this point (mid-April is the earliest I've been and many early spring flowers were gone by then and the Rhododendrons and azaelas were in full flower...) However, there are still garden things of interest to see/do. One interesting little place is the Museum of Garden History. It's in an old church in Lambeth on the south side of the river. It's near Lambeth Palace (home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.) It's a quaint little museum with some good exhibits and books (and a not-so-good cafe...!) There is (or was - it's been a while since I've been there...) a little knot garden in the churchyard. An interesting non-garden element in the churchyard is the tomb of Captain Bligh (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame...) The museum has a web site at:

http://www.cix.co.uk/~museumgh/

A must-see in London is Kew. Even if there's not much in bloom, the greenhouses are worth the trip. It's easy to get there on the Ungerground. They have a very good gift shop/bookstore. Their web site is at:

http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/

If you like roses, Queen Mary's Rose Garden in Regent's Park would be the place to go later in the year. It's open year round but there wouldn't be much to see now..

Hampton Court Palace is a must-see. It's outside London but easy to get to by train. The maze is the classic garden thing to do there but it has a magnificent park to walk through and, of course, the palace itself is beautiful. They have a web site at:

http://www.hrp.org.uk/hcp/indexhcp.htm

There are endless fabulous gardens and parks for walking in in London, such as St. James Park, Hyde Park, Kensington and others. There are classic tourist sites in or near all of them so you'll find them probably without even looking for them.... London is a great city to visit any time of the year and there's no shortage of parks and gardens to see. The middle of May is the best time for gardens I think but, even without too much in bloom, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. There are lots of bookstores in London but I don't know of any garden-specific ones offhand. Check some of the links on the Garden History Museum web site and Kew - Maybe they'll lead you somewhere.

Enjoy your trip!


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
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Date: 17-Feb-02 08:23 PM EST

Susan, Thank you so much. I am really looking forward to visiting these places. Audrey


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
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Date: 17-Feb-02 08:24 PM EST

I am asking about London, England. I am sorry, but I didn't know this was a Canadian gardening site, I saw the Donna UK tours, and I just hoped it was England, and that I could get some info. I've never been to Ontario, so I didn't even know there was a London, Ontario :( Sorry 'bout that.


Subject: New England Gardener Visiting London
From: Audrey
Zone: 7a
Date: 17-Feb-02 08:25 PM EST

This is my first time on this site, so please excuse me if I am not following the proper steps in writing this message. I am travelling to London this week, and would like some information (HELP!) on finding gardening shops, gardening books,roses, any recommended gardens (I know this is not a good garden time) My fondness is roses and clematis, and any knowledge someone might be able to give me sure would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Glad to meet everyone.


Subject: RE: New England Gardener Visiting London
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Zone:
Date: 17-Feb-02 08:58 PM EST

I am asking about London, England. I am sorry, but I didn't know this was a Canadian gardening site, I saw the Donna UK tours, and I just hoped it was England, and that I could get some info. I've never been to Ontario, so I didn't even know there was a London, Ontario :( Sorry 'bout that.


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