A to Z Abroad: Queen Mary’s Garden

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London is full of amazing public parks filled with green grass and gardens, but Regent’s Park has the special distinction of housing Queen Mary’s Gardens. This world famous garden was named for George V’s wife and was opened to the public in 1934. Now a popular pedestrian destination, it’s all too easy to spend an entire afternoon surrounded by roses.

The rose garden includes 12,000 roses of 85 varieties, including a special variety known as the Royal Parks rose. Visiting the garden during the first two weeks of June ensures a colorful and fragrant visit to Regent’s Park.

When I went to Regent’s Park, I instantly fell in love with the rose gardens, (I was there the first week of June so everything was in bloom).  Even though the sky was gray, the bright colors of the roses added cheer to an otherwise dreary day.

Roses in Regent’s Park brighten a gray day.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

Elaborate royal gates adorn the entry points, adding a sense of elegance to already beautiful place.

Red Roses and a Royal Gate
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

Roses of every color, from peach to purple, to yellow cover the grounds. For a small fee, it’s possible to sit in a park chair and enjoy the scenery.

A place to sit and enjoy the roses.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

Deeper into the garden, there is a circular walkway filled roses bushes and rose vines. It was like walking into a fairytale wedding of a Disney Princess. I kept waiting for a knight in shining armor to ride up on his white horse. That’s how magical this place feels!

Ring around the roses.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

A sea of roses!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

When in London, it is almost customary to take a walk among the roses!

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c.b.w. 2013