Last year I re-joined the RHS and ventured to Hyde Hall in Essex for the first time. It was very cold and my only photo was of this little robin.
I returned in the summer, on a hot day when Hyde Hall was hosting a flower fair. On this second visit, I took the train and then cycled on an easily manageable route, right up to the front door (avoiding the v.long queue of cars, the occupants of which were parking a good 15 minutes away in a field). Cycling during any RHS events is wise, as the queues for the car park are notorious (and extremely lengthy, forcing drivers to park a long walk away).
On my second visit, I explored the dry (drought-tolerant) garden and a grass garden, complimented by a secluded tropical haven, all of which were far away from the crowds who were buying from the plant stalls (many of the them the same as I had seen at RHS Wisley only a few weeks before).
It is interesting to compare the RHS gardens as they are all so different. Each one teaches me something every time I visit. I’m looking forward to the Salford RHS Bridgewater garden opening in 2019. Will it excite and inspire me?
Which is your favourite RHS main garden?
When visited: March and August 2016