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MYDDELTON HOUSE AND GARDENS

A breath of fresh air by Johnan Robertson

Stepping on to the beautifully painted ‘Kindness Offensive’ Routemaster bus, there was a real sense of anticipation. The bus journey passed quickly, sitting around thoughtfully arranged tables, chatting or gazing out of the windows – so much better than travelling by tube.

Arriving at Myddleton House we stopped briefly to look at the museum of E.A Bowles, the self-taught gardener and conservationist who created the gardens. We enjoyed taking photos of two life-size 18th century ostrich sculptures guarding the entrance. We then explored the gardens, with a map, enjoying views of the lake and the landscaped gardens. I was impressed by the medieval Enfield Cross which had been saved from demolition.

There was certainly  something for everyone to enjoy, from clearly labelled, unusual, and exotic plants to beautiful sculptures. A breath of fresh air in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

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