A Walk In The Park

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Asked recently to frame this print I was told it was a map of all the trees in Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park. It sounded too good to be true. I wished it was but I knew it wasn’t, but it was a good excuse to go and check, to visit the trees on our doorstep, too often taken for granted. So we came for a closer look, through the rose-scented Orme Square Gate and into Kensington Gardens.

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Beneath a tree on the Broad Walk we saw Plastic Bottle Man with a sign saying No Paparazzi.

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The Elfin Oak is a 900 year old oak tree inhabited by elves and gnomes and other little creatures.

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Map of Kensington Gardens c.1733 by Charles Bridgeman

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The Long Water
a swan & cygnets and a coot and a pigeon.

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The Peter Pan Statue

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Feeding the parakeets (and also the pigeons).

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At Queen Caroline’s Temple there’s a display of Serpentine Summer Houses by
Kunlé Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan.

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Behind the Serpentine Gallery, a veteran sweet chestnut tree.

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Inside the Serpentine Gallery, Alex Katz: Quick Light.

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The Serpentine Gallery’s Indian bean tree and the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels.

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The Arch by Henry Moore on the eastern bank of the Long Water.

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The view from the bridge.
The Serpentine Bridge links Kensington Gardens to Hyde Park.

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At the Serpentine Sackler Gallery there’s a beautiful exhibition
Etel Adnan: The Weight of The World.

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Serpentine Galleries Summer Exhibitions

A folding screen and a concertina drawing, reminders of San Gimignano.

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(A few days later I was asked to frame another San Gimignano, this one by Ben Nicholson.)

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We came down by the Serpentine Lake, looking for the weeping willow mentioned in
Thomas Pakenham’s Meetings With Remarkable Trees.

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But alas, the tree was no longer there, replaced instead by an unremarkable sapling.

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There are plenty more trees, and there’s a map to help find them, from The Royal Parks Foundation.

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The Old Police House

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At the Italian Gardens we found a heron poised by one of the fountains.

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And the bark of the plane is plainly not plain.

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Click on the map to enlarge for a closer look.

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2 Responses to A Walk In The Park

  1. Paula Frankel says:

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the walk in the park. It brought back good memories of the many walks taken there. I must say that your photo of the Peter Pan statue is much better than any of the ones we attempted.
    I had not heard of Etel Adnan and enjoyed seeing some of her work at a distance.

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