House of wayward plants

06-07-2019 16:07

This week me and my boyfriend ended up spending the day with my parents at a the Hampton Court Garden Festival. This particular post is relatively image heavy.

The trip was technically to go and see Hampton Court and it’s beautiful architecture and garden. According to wikipedia it is “A palace built in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the cardinal gave the palace to the King to check his disgrace; Henry VIII later enlarged it. Along with St James’ Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many the King owned.” [1]

Image copyright (c) 2019 Changing the Guard

As you can see in the picture above, it’s a very stunning place to spend a day admiring the work that went into every placed brick. However we made the mistake of visiting during one of their most busy times of year. The Hampton Court Garden Festival.

After 4 hours of being crammed in a car with my bickering parents in traffic jam after traffic jam along the M25 (I’m sure there’s a special circle of hell dedicated to this kind of torture.) We finally made it there. And £40.50 a head later (yes it was truly expensive!) we were inside.

I must admit I’m not one for being outside in the blaring sun. I’m a fragile semi-goth child (But I do get a wicked tan if I’m forced to endure rays for long enough.) After being in a hot car for 4 hours, I wasn’t ready to walk around plant con. I’m so glad my organised (paranoid) side thought to pack sunscreen and water.

There were certainly some lovely things to see though, I can’t deny that. So many ornate ornaments and gadgets for the garden and hundreds of beautiful flowers to choose from.

We didn’t spend much time looking at the market stalls surrounding unfortunately (It was way to hot for that!) but we did take refuge from the sun inside the giant tent full of flowers and plants. Below are some of my favourites.

After a few hours of walking around we needed to refuel. I kinda dread eating at places like this because they usually cost an arm and a leg but to be honest, we got a pretty good amount of food and drink for £28 (though my parents paid £20 for fish and chips…WTF??).

I always have to be pretty picky at these places as some foods can make me quite ill. One of the things we did find though was teriyaki salmon and it was amazing…I can’t stop thinking about it.

After eating we took another trip through the tent and had one last look at the plants. There was a lot more to the Garden Festival but we were anxious to hit the M25 before rush hour if possible. Spoiler alert: we didn’t miss rush hour and it took 3 hours to get home!!

Despite it not being the day we had planned, it was still an enjoyable one. I felt sorry for my mum who had to drive and the fact that we never actually got to see the architecture of Hampton Court Palace was definitely a shame.

Hampton Court Garden Festival however was still a treat. Especially for anyone looking to make new additions to their garden. I don’t know if it was worth £40 a head…but hey, we bought a pretty house plant and my body got the sunlight it has been denied for too long.

One things for sure, next time we decide to visit Hampton Court…we’re going by TRAIN!!

Mildly tanned, Jason

[1] Hampton Court Palace – Wikipedia
The rest of the photos are courtesy of my boyfriend.