Tuesday 2nd May – 17th meeting of 2017
We met up and had a coffee in Kensington High Street and walked along to Kensington Gardens but made a detour to the Virgin Roof Garden on top of the old Derry and Toms building to see if it was open. It was so we went up to the 6th floor and walked through the three garden areas.
First we saw the English garden with its oak trees, a stream and pond with fish and ducks and ducklings plus four flamingos, not really what you would expect to find on the top of a roof in London! They were quite lively and we watched their antics for a while. The second garden was the Spanish garden with the colonnades, palm trees and vine-covered walkways that gave it a very moorish feel. The third area was the Tudor garden with brickwork paths, walls and arches covered in beautiful wisteria. This reminded was of the wisteria that we had seen in Chiswick House recently. Other bushes were hellebore and roses. We were lucky to find it open as it has a lot of private events held there when they close it to the general public.
We continued along to Kensington Palace and opposite the building in the elevated section we came to the sunken garden which has been turned into a beautiful white garden in remembrance of Princes Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death. It was planned last April 2016 and planted out in October 2016. Two sides of the sunken garden are surrounded by pollarded lime trees and the third by a large hedge. The area is visible from a walkway and viewed through trees in parts.
Over 12,000 bulbs were planted along with thousands of plants which included 3,500 white forget-me-knots (Diana’s favourite flower) white foxgloves, white and pink roses and tulips with sweet smelling wallflowers. The whole area comes across as a beautiful white garden with spots of colour and is a very peaceful calm area, which was a joy to see. The garden will stay there throughout the summer and will change over the coming months as different flowers come into season and bloom.
A very beautiful day for us showing that in the hustle and bustle of Central London, wonderful colourful exciting gardens can be made!