Family Days Out in Surrey: RHS Wisley

I toyed with calling this post 'gardens wot we have visited lately' because, well, that's what it is.  With the return of the sunshine, some days anyway, we are back to our usual gallivanting ways and have been out and about here in the south east.  But having lots of photos of various places, I think I'll split them up into different photo-heavy posts.  Enjoy!

The explorers plan their route

At RHS Wisley, just past Guildford and close to the M25, there is endless space to explore, and it's really not just for gardeners, pensioners and ladies who lunch!  Sophia and Tatiana were fascinated by this Henry Moore sculpture, whilst Lara is always happiest near water.

Vaguely following the winter trail route, we found exciting flowers and plants, and big puddles to explore.

Not quite being spring, we were expecting there to not be much colour, but with lots of late-flowering hellebores and early bulbs, there was plenty to see and smell.  The girls happily identified what they already knew and learnt some new names, too.

It was warm enough for a picnic, so we played in the stream and ate some lunch before heading to the big glasshouse for lots of beautiful butterflies (on till Sunday).

Sophia's dress c/o George at Asda

In the glasshouse, we spotted pineapples and bananas, before divesting layers and heading into the butterflies' tropical paradise.

After the butterflies, we headed to the wild area where some complicated Italian cooking went on, complete with birch bark pasta, drying on a shrub, and mud on leaf toast bruschetta to start.

Tatiana's Paw Patrol dress & leggings outfit c/o George at Asda

It was so lovely and peaceful there, once the cooking was finished we had a wander to find more beautiful plants and to sit quietly and watch the birds before heading to the chaos of the M25 to get to my mum's.

Butterflies in the Glasshouse runs at RHS Wisley until Sunday 5th March 2017.

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