The Rookery: One of London's Secrets (Part 1): How absolutely delightful!!!

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The Rookery: One of London's Secrets (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
September 2, 2010

A house called the Rookery was here on this site with a spa, but when the spa declined in popularity the Rookery's formal gardens and spa were bought and turned into a public garden. It was the local people, who bought the land for £3,000, that saved this astonishing place. A three-acre garden was built, including a water garden, formal gardens, a stunning white garden, herbaceous borders, an English garden, fantastic trees, ponds, and much more. Let me take you on a walk around this tiered and secret garden.

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Name: Barb Jenkins
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quilter5
Sep 1, 2010 6:24 PM CST
I must thank you once again Neil for such a wonderful narrative. The gardens look so peaceful and inviting.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 1, 2010 6:59 PM CST
What a beautiful secret garden Thumbs up

The stone work and stone and brick work of the steps is really cool too.

I've tried to grow sea holly for years and can't get it to grow here.

Thank you Neil, for sharing more of your beautiful country. WOW!

vic
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 1, 2010 7:03 PM CST
Dear Barbara, thank you for your most kind comments. It is a wonderful place and is much loved by Gardeners and Artists, or by those who just like a bit of peace and quiet! It has a very nice Cafe at the top that does Italian food, Ice cream and coffee. Or you can take your own food, and just sit listening to the birds sing, as the world goes by. I hope to see you in part 2 when we go into the water Gardens.
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 1, 2010 7:08 PM CST
Dear Vicki, an absolute pleasure and a treat for me to walk around such a lovely place. It brought back some lovely memories as well for me. It is lovely to have a secret place of that beauty to just stroll round or just to sit in, we are very lucky indeed.
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
Name: Linda Cartwright
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taters55
Sep 1, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Neil, your tours are amazing! Some day I will get over to England, and when I do, I would love to hire you as a tour guide! Maybe even stop in for a cold beer someplace!
Thanks again for the great pictures, and will be waiting for part two!
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Sep 1, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Not only magnificent planting, but I love gardens where you can sit down. Thank you for the tour, Neil.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 1, 2010 10:27 PM CST
Dear Lucy, there are plenty of quiet and relaxing places to sit in this Garden. Even in the water Garden in Part 2 there are seats you can sit and have a sandwich or whatever, and just listen to the water and the birds. what more could you want?
Thank you for your comments.
Regards.
Neil.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 1, 2010 10:30 PM CST
Dear Linda, I thank you for your comments and I hope you enjoyed it is much as I did walking around it. I was surprised at the colour for this time of year, but it did not let me down.
The white Garden in the summer is amazing as it is full of scent, lovely place to sit!
Regards.
Neil.
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stormyla
Sep 1, 2010 11:07 PM CST
Neil, you've brought us another wonderful garden for which we are very grateful. Thank you for the lovely tour.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 12:17 AM CST
Dear Stormy, I like doing these things as it gives some people a lot of pleasure! Hope to see you in Part 2.
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Eileen
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Eileen
Sep 2, 2010 12:00 PM CST
Dear Neil, Even I did not know abiout this lovely place I was fascinated, I especially liked the Sea Holly and the Cardoons I don't think I have ever seen either in bloom, you will have to take me there in the spring to see this magical place, am very busy trying to get my Iris tapestry finished as very soon I shall have to start on the Christmas cakes and goodies for the festive season. Love mum
I do hope you enjoy these as much as I have making them.
Eileen.
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taters55
Sep 2, 2010 12:42 PM CST
Hello Eileen! I loved the iris you are woring on. Your work is just amazing!
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 1:07 PM CST
Dear Mum, you would love the place! It is not far but has always been kept the same, a secret beautiful Garden, wait till Part 2! Can't wait for my Christmas cake, which I keep for Hogmanay.
Look at this Holly, as the berries are going red, time to get on with it.
Love.
Neil.
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