A tale of bloggers and kids at RHS Garden Wisley

There was rolling thunder and a flooded patio outside my door as I tried to get ready to meet some lovely bloggers at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey on Monday. My first meet up ever with other bloggers and I couldn’t even get out of the door! Then a dash with wellies, brollies and picnic bag to the car – through mud, puddles and torrential rain. The skies soon cleared as we headed towards our destination. The sun returned. But we came to a standstill. The motorway was like a parking lot. When we finally arrived we were over two hours late!

colorful flowers RHS Garden WisleyAt the entrance to RHS Garden Wisley my children were given pamphlets and pencils and told to look for a dragon whose fire had been stolen by trolls. “Surely not a real dragon?” my son asked. But instead of searching for clues in the Great Garden Quest, I asked them to follow the map to the fruit gardens after calling the others to find out their location. And off we went down paths surrounded by flowers!

There are 60 acres of gardens to explore at the Wisley estate which has been run and cultivated by the Royal Horticultural Society since 1903. They also have special events on for families and children to enjoy on a day out.

red rose bushWe arrived just in time for a picnic lunch with Charly from PodcastDove and her daughter Pod, Annie Spratt and her two children Kitty and Ozzy, and Victoria from Southborne Gardens. Meanwhile Luce, Theo and I were all still wearing our wellies!luce in wellies

But I had cupcakes for the kids! Pod waited for hers while Ozzy and Theo devoured theirs.

Cupcakes at RHS Garden Wisley picnic

I explained to Luce and Theo that they would soon see that there are other mums like me who wander everywhere taking non-stop photos.

pink yellow shades roses pink-roses-2-rad

flowers and greenhouse at RHS WisleyWhile we snapped and captured the flowers, the kids were off. Dashing here and there. Playing tag. Instant friends. Strangely none of them were surprised to see me lying on the ground to take photos of roses like this one here. Perhaps they were used to watching their mothers in peculiar positions taking photos?

Theo Ozzy Kitty LuceOzzy Kitty LuceSome trees managed to captivate Theo for a short break from playing…

Bonsai tree at RHS Garden WisleyThat is… bonsai trees. Although he was disappointed that there wasn’t a miniature version of a Giant Redwood like the one we’d recently discovered.

looking at the bonsai

Bonsai lane RHS Garden WisleyIn the Landscaped Alpine House the kids took turns stroking some of the alpine plants displayed in a near natural setting.

Landscaped Alpine garden and kids

luce and alpine plantThen Luce dragged me away to see a waterfall in the garden.

waterfall RHS Garden WisleyOops – we’d lost the others! Theo, keen to catch up with Ozzy again, insisted we’d find them at the large Glasshouse at the bottom of the hill. The skies were beginning to darken again so he urged me to stop taking photos and quickly head down there.

Inside they found their new friends…and another waterfall! Suddenly they ran off and next thing I knew they were peering at me from a balcony behind it. And making faces. And calling out.

Luce Theo behind WaterfallBut my two were not pleased with me when we lost Ozzy and Kitty again while I admired exotic flora.

cactus flower

purple tropical flower

Meanwhile Pod decided it was her turn for an escapade and off she went. A couple of times. Pod running past potted plantsThen some more confusion as Annie sent a text to Charlie and myself that she was by the lillies near the entrance. While we waited Theo was diverted by some insect eating plants on display outside the Glasshouse.

Theo inspecting insect eating plants

Finally we discovered that the meeting point was back at the entrance of RHS Garden Wisley. But, using an American expression, it was an awesome day. I met some of my favourite bloggers (whisper – who really were fab!) and Luce and Theo just wanted to know if there was another botanical garden where they could play with their new friends while us nutty Mums ran around with our cameras. Well, we met up here again as you can read here.

16 thoughts on “A tale of bloggers and kids at RHS Garden Wisley”

  1. Awww amazing how kids treat each other like best friends on the first day of seeing each other. This is making me less nervous about my son first day in school =)

    Aren’t you glad that you went ahead even if its raining cats and dogs. This is such a real awesome day!


  2. What great shots – and what a lovely day out, such a shame we had to get going when we did. I LOVE that bonsai shot – I did a double take at it! Loving those shots of the kids running together – happy times and so nice to make new friends! Thanks so much for coming along x

  3. You paint such a lovely picture of your day. Fun idea to meet up with others. Isn’t it wonderful how children can become firm friends so quickly? #CountryKids

  4. Sorry that your day didn’t start well but glad you got there in the end. And you got to meet up with some fabulous bloggers and their amazing children. Some stunning photos seems a fab place to visit.

  5. How fab to meet up with some lovely bloggers at such a beautiful location. Lovely photos of the children having a fun time together. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  6. Wonderful post Kriss and awesome photos too. Was such a lovely day although it went past way too quickly. Was great to meet you, Luce and Theo x

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