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). Β 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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Part of the A to Z Challenge!

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c.b.w. 2013

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23 thoughts on “A to Z Abroad: Queen Mary’s Garden

  1. I love roses and when I lived in Ohio, I had a rose garden with 47 (give or take per year) rose bushes. You would think down here in Florida, they would do great, but I struggled with them here and had to swtich to orchids. These picture are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Sherrey Meyer

    Magical and beautiful! Thanks for sharing Queen Mary’s Garden with us. Lovely roses and I need to know where the knight on the white horse is hiding. πŸ™‚

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  3. How beautiful! And I remember the roses in England smelled like roses as well as looked beautiful. I was always sticking my nose in a rose bush in amazement that their scent had not been bred out of them.

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    • Having worked in a flower shop for a few years, I know what you mean about the scent. Almost every flower shop rose has no scent! I had my nose stuck in just about every rosebush in the garden, too. They smell heavenly! πŸ™‚

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  4. The roses are magnificent and the scene just looks magical. Another for the “next time” list (assuming it’s not winter when we visit). Brisbane has a park which is full of roses…just beautiful.

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