It wasn’t my first time visiting Myddleton House Gardens over the weekend, but, it was my first time walking around in the spring. The last time I went was in the middle of summer and I remember being shocked – how was it that these beautiful gardens are down the road from where I live, yet I’d never heard of them, let alone stepped foot inside?
This time I was prepared, and admittedly, excited. I like how it wasn’t overly busy, even on a Saturday and that there wasn’t hoards of people everywhere. There was the right amount of us. Now, obviously, its spring and I absolutely adore how different the gardens looked compared to the summer (although admittedly I timed my visit too late and the daffodils were pretty much gone). I suddenly had the epiphany (not-so-original, though) that these gardens must look stunning all year round, although different in every season. There’s probably always something special to look at. You can see pictures of it in summer here:
So, I wandered around, taking it all in and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The weather was perfect and the gardens aren’t too big, or too small. We had random conversations, mainly about George Michael and Elton John and just had a relaxing afternoon outside. Admittedly, I’ve been missing being outside since camping and this did help to ease the need to be outdoors.
I also had a chance to look in the Visitor Centre which was a tea house/mini-museum/shop. Amazingly they have soya milk which is rare in small places like this, but we didn’t sit down for a drink; instead, we looked around the museum which tells the story of Edward Augusts Bowles.
Bowles owned the property between 1865 and 1954 and spent much of his time in the gardens. He was a self-taught gardener, botanist and artist. Bowles’ great-great-(I think)-grandfather built the house between 1812 and 1818 and it became home to future generations of Bowles.
It was in these gardens that Bowles pottered away, really making beauty out of a bland landscape, painting and he had no knowledge of how this place would become a refuge from the London metropolis.
Unfortunately the house isn’t open to the public, and I’m not sure why, because it would probably be beautiful but I’m sure there are good reasons for this.
Myddleton House Gardens is along the same road as Forty Hall & Estate (which I can’t wait to visit since its re-vamp) and Capel Manor, which is on my list of places to go. Intriguingly its run by Lee Valley Regional Park.