From the Hanging Gardens of Paddington to the award winning Bearded Irises of north Enfield, we're having a Nature-ist's wet dream of a week as Myddleton House Gardens is awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of nigh on half a million quid to complete a restoration programme.
The gardens were created by EA Bowles who was born and died on the estate; a, "a self-taught gardener, botanist, botanical artist, and garden writer as well as plant hunter". The grounds were neglected after his death until the 80s, when efforts began to restore the gardens to their original glory. A Victorian kitchen garden will be brought back to life by the grant and a visitor centre for Bowles fans created, not to mention showing off the original potting shed, Peach House, Pergola Garden, Rose Garden and Pond Area. A bat roost may also be on the cards. Many reasons to get you up the Lea Valley at last.
The restored gardens will be open to the public, free of charge.
Image courtesy of david_nottingham's Flickrstream.