May 26, 2017

VISIT | Wakehurst Place, West Sussex

Wakehurst Place is a botanical garden in West Sussex and is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The gardens are spread over a vast area and are arranged around lakes, natural woodland, an Elizabethan house and formal gardens.


Wakehurst is also home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. As of 2010, the team at Wakehurst have conserved ten percent of the world's plant species.

The Elizabethan house and the formal gardens surrounding it are always the most interesting part for me (and not too far to walk for little legs). When we visited a couple of weeks ago, the house was covered in the most beautiful wisteria. Despite only being a fleeting sight in Spring, I think wisteria is one of my favourite plants.

We walked from the house across the lawn and towards the lake. Dragonflies bounced across the surface and ducks eagerly approached us looking for food. From here we headed down the path, and found swathes of bluebells on each side of the bank.

Find out more about Wakehurst Place.

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