The Beth Chatto Gardens
Beth Chatto’s mantra is “the right plant for the right place”. Her Essex gardens have been the byword for horticultural excellence over the last 40 years. Beth and her husband, Andrew, moved there in 1960, and found themselves with a site which was bone dry in places and boggy in others. The result is a garden of contrasts. The boggy area has become a Water Garden (left), with plant-fringed ponds, separated by mown, grassy dams. On a sunnier slope are the Mediterranean Garden, with clipped mounds of santolina, and a Scree Garden, with stone-edged beds filled with thymes, sedums and anemones. Her now legendary Gravel Garden, made on the site of a carpark, needs no watering and is planted with low yellow euphorbias and purple hardy geraniums, with yew, tall alliums and fennels to give height.See the nearest place to stay and visit this garden at this website www.europe-cities.com.
The Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden (above) was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, who chose its riverside location in which to explore the medicinal properties of new plants arriving from Europe and the NewWorld. The first Cedars of Lebanon imported to Britain came here, providing seed for gardens elsewhere in the country. The curators have been hugely influential: one,William Aiton, went on to become Kew Gardens’ first Head Gardener in 1759, while another,William Forsyth, gave his name to the forsythia. Today, this sheltered, walled, south-facing garden continues to fulfil its original educational and research purposes, while providing the casual garden visitor with entrancing experiences of some beautiful and unusual plants, including a restored Victorian fernery, more here.
Pleasure cruises and river taxis chug along the Thames all year round on its London stretches. With piers at Westminster,Tate Modern, the Tower of London, Greenwich, Kew, Richmond and by Hampton Court Palace to name but a few, taking a trip along the water can be a great way to see the city.
There are also regular canal cruises on London’s man-made waterways, such as Camden Lock to Little Venice on The Regent’s Canal. The London Waterbus Company, the Docklands Canal Boat Trust and London Canal Cruises run regular boat trips around the city’s canals and rivers you can find the best place to stay in London in this hotel comparison sites.
If you want the freedom of your own boat, a variety of launches can be hired for an hour or for up to a week on the river’s upper reaches.
This Summer sees a number of events along the Thames’ 135-mile length. From the Teddington River Festival on 18th June through the Henley Royal Regatta from 28th June to 2nd July, the Henley Festival on 5th to 9th July, the Swan Upping ceremony from Sunbury to Abingdon in the third week of July and the Inland Waterways Association’s National Festival and Boat Show at Pangbourne from 26th to 28th August, there’s something for everyone.