THE ENGLISH GAR­DEN

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Once home to the Bish­ops of London, Ful­ham Palace and its gar­dens of­fer respite from the wail­ing sirens and nose-to-tail traf­fic of the cap­i­tal. An 1830s curved glasshouse that was built as a pin­ery and vin­ery, to grow pineap­ples and grapes, has re­cently been re­stored. The gar­den has a long and fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory dat­ing back to the Tu­dor pe­riod, when Bishop Grindal in­tro­duced the tamarisk to Eng­land, through to Bishop Comp­ton’s fa­mous col­lec­tion of plants in the early 1700s. Stroll around the knot gar­den, walled gar­den and see an an­cient ever­green oak tree es­ti­mated to be over 450 years old. The botanic gar­dens are open ev­ery day from dawn till dusk and the walled gar­den daily from 10.15am–4.15pm. For £6 per per­son there's a Gar­den Walk tour of the Ful­ham Palace gar­den where you can dis­cover more about its his­tory, the rare plants and the im­por­tant and un­usual trees grow­ing there to­day.

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