When I was growing up one of my favorite books was The Secret Garden. I lived in London for four years and never knew that there was a secret garden right in Regent’s Park (it’s true name is St John’s Lodge Gardens).Â It was just a few blocks from where I lived.Â Last month, after we dropped Maddie off for her last day of school, Ally, Izzie and I walked down St John’s Wood High Street and into Regent’s Park.Â It is a huge beautiful park with large open fields, many garden areas and ponds.Â Izzie loved watching all theÂ dogs play fetch with their owners.Â We walked and talked and finally got to the garden.Â It is just beautiful.Â The entrance path to the gardenÂ isÂ bordered withÂ flowers that actually have fragrance.Â Here are some photos of the garden.
After the Secret Garden we walked to Queen Mary’s Rose Garden.Â The roses were in full bloom and they have fragrance, too.Â It’s too bad the fragrance has been bred right out of the roses we buy in shops and bring home.Â Here are some photos of the roses.
It was a beautiful day in London.Â Oh I love London!Â Â IÂ suppose ifÂ I ever stop loving it I will be dead. Samuel Johnson said, “When a man is tired ofÂ London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
July 13, 2009 at 9:21 am
I wish I had known about this garden when I was in London recently, however, I guess it is another reason to go back! I loved the saying about Loving life/London!
July 13, 2009 at 9:22 am
OH, and beautiful roses! Beautiful!!
August 25, 2009 at 12:33 am
I feel that way about Edingburgh and I only visited there for 10 days…oh how I want to go back there again…it’s home to my soul
August 25, 2009 at 12:34 am
and why DO they breed out the fragrance?? that’s what the hold is about, isn’t it, with roses?