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Tuesday 28th April – 14th meeting of 2015

We met up at Charing Cross and travelled to Holland Park, north of Kensington High Street, by tube and bus.  Arriving at the park we encountered many mothers and nannies with their young children and also lots of dog walkers.

We enjoyed a coffee in the cafe and then competed with a large school group for the ladies! before making our way to the formal gardens laid out on the terraces down from the remains of the Jacobean Holland House. This dated from 1607 but was all but destroyed in the 2nd World War as only the East Wing remains with a few arcades in the courtyard.hp 1

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The formal gardens were laid out with hundreds of brightly coloured tulips in amongst the other bushes and flowers and looked very striking. Also giving a good show was a wall trained wisteria. We walked further into the park via a rose garden and amongst lots of very large trees.

We then went into the Kyots Garden which is a Japanese style sanctuary north of the house hpand encountered the three peacocks we had heard earlier but sadly they did not display their magnificent tails.

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The Kyots Garden is laid out with many maples of all colours, bamboo and camellias. It also contains a large lake containing a large number of Koi Carp. It was a very beautiful and tranquil space and we spent some time there.

After enjoying the beauty of the Park we make our way out of the gate and walked back through the road of huge mansions admiring the architecture and their gardens. We then got the bus and our trains home.