Second Wales-Ireland tour begins in brilliant sunshine


After the Chelsea Flower Show, which was magnificent and so much fun, we headed back to Manchester to meet our new group to start the second garden tour of the Lake District and North Wales and Ireland.

Manchester, of course, was a much more sombre place because of the tragic event of last week than when we were there for our first tour a few weeks ago.

We held a minute of silence on the train up from London out of respect for those who died and were injured in the terrorist attack.

Tracy and Herb Van der Ende at the Lowry Museum in Salford.

We decided one of the best ways to respond to the awful event of last week would be to continue with celebrating the freedom and beauty of our civilization while beingĀ ever mindful of Manchester’s deep and tragic loss.

We are huge fans of Manchester and its culture and its strength, so we were also very conscious of the will of the people to rise and assert itself for freedom and goodness.

Some of the group enjoying a moment at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal.

From Manchester, we headed out again to see the wonderful works of L.S. Lowry and the new museum in Salford.

And from there we quickly headed out to the Lake District and checked into the Riverside Hotel in Kendal.

Time for Sticky Toffee Pudding at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal.

The next day we went to Levens Hall to see one of the most outstanding topiary gardens in the world. This time the sun was shining brightly and the garden looked even more fantastic.

Levens Hall garden in the sunshine.

Chris Crowder told us he was amazed that we had managed to put two great days together for our visits.

Loraine Whysall under umbrella topiary at Levens Hall garden.

From the Lakes and a visit to Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth did some exceptional work, we headed into North Wales and to Bodnant Gardens. This time the weather was hot. It made walking around the garden more challenging but equally rewarding.

Sharon and Angus Allison in the Laburnum Tunnell at Bodnant Garden.

From there we headed into Llandudno where we intend to explore more of North Wales.

Here are photos of the last few days.

Tina and Chung Ng in Levens Hall garden.
Arlene MacPhail, Loraine Whysall and Cherie Corrigal in Levens Hall garden.
Lime walk at Levens Hall garden.
300-year-old yew topiaries at Levens Hall garden.
Bodnant Gardens, North Wales.
Bodnant Gardens, North Wales.
Loraine Whysall and Sharon Allison in Bodnant Garden.
Janice and Samantha Mayes in Bodnant Garden.
Judy Traaseth, Loraine Whysall and Diana Langford in Laburnum Tunnel at Bodnant Garden.
Sandy Schappert at Levens Hall garden.
Sunken pond at Bodnant Garden.
Steve Whysall at Levens Hall garden.
View at Bodnant Garden, North Wales.
Tropical garden at Bodnant Garden.
Pergola at Bodnant Garden.
View over the terraces at Bodnant Garden.
Chilean fire bush at Bodnant Garden.
Alan Traaseth in Laburnum Tunnel at Bodnant Garden.
Amazing support given trunks of hedge at Levens Hall garden.
Herb and Tracey Van der Ende at Levens Hall garden.
Circular pond contained by espaliered lime walk at Levens Hall garden.
Tracey Van der Ende at Riverside Hotel in Kendal



  1. Dear Loraine & Steve: Thanks for your excellent pictures, almost like being there(wish I was)

    Nice to see the smiling faces of Judy & Alan again

    Enjoy the rest of your trip, will be watching. Nice to know the tours are continuing



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