Sunday, August 18, 2013

UK Trip Blog #42: Hampton Court's Gardens

Brilliant colors
beautiful flowers!
Hampton Court Palace has an extensive garden behind it. Although it's a shadow of the actual garden's original extent, it covers 60 acres. As we readied for the Cliff Richard concert inside one of the palace courtyards, we walked through the garden and enjoyed it, despite temperatures in the low 50s, overcast skies and dampness that would soon give way to a short downpour.

The back of the palace
- In short, there's a lot to see in the back of the palace. There are a lot of garden features, and I couldn't write 'em all down, so I decided to reference them when we returned and found this handy list on

Another view of the back of the palace
William and Mary's insignia over a doorway

Great Vine - planted in 1768 by the celebrated gardener ‘Capability’ Brown, the magnificent Great Vine still produces a yearly crop of black, sweet grapes that are sold in the palace shops in early September

The Privy Garden - be inspired by the re-creation of William III’s Privy Garden, based on a design of 1702, the stunning symmetrical pattern incorporates the original varieties of plants and marble sculptures


Tiltyard walls - A wide range of wall shrubs grow upon the  walls that surrounded a Tiltyard (a courtyard that was used for jousting tournaments).   This is a Tiltyard where Henry VIII used to hold his jousting tournaments.
 At the Tiltyard at Hampton, one of the towers, known as the Tiltyard Tower, was used for viewing the tournaments below

 20th Century Garden - contemporary style planting with trees and shrubs in an informal setting that creates a place of peace and tranquillity away from the busier areas of the Hampton Court gardens

We want one of these in our backyard
Home Park - 700 acres of deer park with ponds and other waterways, attracting a wide range of birds and the long avenues give views across the park to and away from the palace

ANOTHER GREAT STATUE - We found another great statue in the garden that we'd like in our backyard. :) 

AND there's more!  The Rose Garden...
The Rose Garden

The Great Fountain Garden

The Lower Orangery Exotics Garden

The Pond Gardens

Hampton Court Palace gardens run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland.
- See more at:


ver 60 acres of the beautiful Hampton Court Palace gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland. - See more at:

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next