We are staying in town this morning and going to Harlow Carr, the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens of the North. The main one in the South, Wisley, is to the South West of London - not to be confused with Kew, the Royal Botanical Gardens which I posted on recently.
Harlow Carr has a Betty's Tearoom (more on Betty's coming soon) and we make our way straight there on arrival. If one is seated within 25 minutes of arriving, as we were, then that is a bonus. Betty's is so popular that one expects a long wait. After enjoying our coffee and teacakes, and impeccable service in lovely and elegant surroundings, we wonder if the rain is going to stop. It doesn't !
These RHS gardens are places of study, research and experiments and a place where keen gardeners can learn much to use in their own gardens. Having experimented and worked in my own garden for decades I am more inclined these days to just visit and enjoy the plantings and settings.
So if you don't mind getting wet you are welcome to join me. There are a lot of different gardens to see from different eras and with different themes and woodland walks but the photography is limited as it was not easy trying to keep my camera dry.