A trip to the Hamilton Gardens was offered as part of the week’s programme at The Monastery. Because the weather was drizzly, I opted for just a short visit, but if I’d known how wonderful the gardens are I’d have chosen a longer visit, despite the rain. These gardens explore the history, context, and meaning of gardens. I headed for the Productive Gardens, took a wrong turn, and found myself in the Italian Renaissance Garden, “an interpretation of 15th-16th Century Renaissance gardens that sought to rationalise and improve upon nature.”
I then wandered into the Tudor garden which incorporates various forms of fantsay popular during the Tudor era.
The Sustainable Backyard was inspiring, and I was impressed the woodcarving mural, created by volunteers Derek Merwood and Megan Godfrey.
The river was particularly attractive.
I also met pigeons
before my brief visit was over. Have you been to the Hamilton Gardens?
“Another time I’d like to stay
within the gardens all the day.”