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Top 5 Gardens To Visit In London

Top 5 Gardens To Visit In London

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Jan 15, 2014 —  The UK has something of a reputation for gardening and natural landscapes. In part, this is thanks to the fact that this part of the world is home to some of the most beautiful natural countryside you can find anywhere. Some may even attribute the reputation to British and Irish literature, much of which discusses or directly involves beautiful green gardens, valleys, and rolling hills - just think about "The Shire" in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy work, and you have an idea.

Within today's UK, however, there are more practical applications of the gardening reputation everywhere. Many citizens take great pride in their gardens, updating them with the seasons and purchasing top grade equipment at My Smart Buy to stay on top of their yards. At this site, people can find anything from hedge clippers to accessories to keep their gardens fresh, so people are able to go to great lengths to do just that.

But perhaps the best display of the UK's gardening prowess and reputation for beautiful nature is in the gardens of London, which make excellent stops on a visit to the area. One can spend days touring the public and "secret" gardens of London, and each offers its own unique beauty and atmosphere. So here are our picks for the 5 best gardens to visit in London.

5. Geffrye Museum Gardens
The museum itself essentially shows off the passage of British history, and the gardens do the same thing with local plant life. The garden is organized into different rooms, complete with a pleasant restaurant overlooking them all.

4. Barbican Conservatory
If you're in it for the plants specifically, this is probably the stop for you. Over 2,000 species of plant life live in the conservatory, along with beautiful creatures like finches, fish and quail. It's a lovely way to slip into a tropical environment for a few hours within London.

3. Holland Park Japanese Gardens
Donated by government officials in Kyoto, this garden area is a very authentic and beautiful vision of traditional Japanese style. Ponds and Japanese maples complement a generally delicate and relaxing atmosphere.

2. Chelsea Physic Garden
This is one of the most well known public gardens in the city, and makes for a very interesting stroll. Time Out notes that the garden is particularly unique in its supply of unusual, non-native plants (such as olive trees), which it is able to support because of its location near the Thames.

1. St. Dunstan-in-the-East
This is a very historic garden, as it essentially consists of natural life that has overgrown a Church ruin. The Church was destroyed during World War II, but the space has become one of the most beautiful and private feeling gardens in London. It's relatively small, but an ideal place to spend an afternoon or eat an outdoor meal.

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