West London Trip


Hampton Court – Various designers, including Capability Brown, 1764
Runnymede – Geoffrey Jellicoe, 1964
Painshill – Hon. Charles Hamilton, 1738
RHS Wisley – Various designers, since 1878

We start the day at Hampton Court Palace’s Gardens, home to the world’s oldest hedge maze, a record-breaking grape vine, 3 National Plant Collections, over 8000 trees and 650 acres of historic parkland, home to a huge variety of wildlife and reconstructed renaissance gardens from the time of Henry VIII.


Hampton Court Gardens

We continue to Runnymede to visit the JFK Memorial (John F Kennedy) by the world renowned English landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and see where Magna Carta was signed.


JFK Memorial in Runnymede [image courtesy of Smuconlaw]

Then on to Painshill, where we discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs and some of Surrey’s amazing wildlife.

Towards the Gothic Folly

Painshill Park [image courtesy of Derek Winterburn]

We finish the day at RHS Wisley to visit the stunning Glasshouse (housing over 5,000 different varieties of tropical plants), Battleston Hill, the Fruit Orchard and dramatic Rock Gardens.


RHS Wisley [image courtesy of Mark Boyce]