A favourite spot for a walk when I’m visiting my family up in Yorkshire is the gardens at Harlow Carr in Harrogate. Run by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Harlow Carr Gardens have a lovely natural feel about them though it must take a lot of work to maintain, even if does appear effortless! I love the country feel and the soft colours.
A delight at any time of year they look especially beautiful in the spring when displays of tulips mingle with green trees and shrubs and the rhododendrons and azaleas are just starting to bloom.
There are explanations about the different displays and themed gardens along the way, plus you can wander through the greenhouses – the alpine flower zone is always one of my favourites. We also visited the bird viewing area, which is a wonderful spot from which to watch the birds feeding, though you do have to be very quiet! I forgot to take any photos there but as I didn’t want to disturb the birds it was probably a good thing.
With cafes including a branch of the world famous Betty’s Tearooms, a children’s playground and an extremely well stocked gift shop plus a fabulous garden centre, Harlow Carr is always well worth a visit.
The photos of the flowers on the blog today also serve as a memorial for the people caught up in the atrocity in London over the weekend. Our younger daughter, Mlle, like so many others, was out having a fun evening with friends in the Spitalfields area of London, about a mile away from the awful events unfolding just to the south. She let us know straightaway that she was safe, albeit somewhat shaken up by what had happened. Other families weren’t so fortunate. Hearts go out to them.
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