I feel like I’ve been watching ‘In The Night Garden’ for the last six years. First with Lili, then Poppy and now Iris is getting into the colourful world of Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle and the rest of the gang. It’s been their stepping stone into the wonderful word of learning through television. I can’t say I completely understand every episode or every character but the girls have all been captivated by the vivid colours and lively music.
Last week we were invited to the RHS Gardens at Wisley to celebrate the 10th birthday of ‘In The Night Garden’. I accepted the invitation for two reasons, firstly I knew it would be exciting for Iris who is only starting her journey into the night garden. Secondly, Wisley is a place I’ve wanted to visit for years. It’s a special place for my husband, who used to visit regularly as a boy with his mother. Over the years (we’ve been together almost 18 years) I’ve heard so many stories about the gardens and how she loved walking around the beautiful areas and enjoyed the cakes at the cafe. Sadly, she passed away over ten years ago, so as you can imagine it really is a special place for him.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the gardens but I can tell you that my expectations were high. Very high!
We started our day at the In The Night Garden party, where the big girls met the characters and got their face pained. They also got to decorate plant pots and listen to some stories, then it was time to explore the grounds. I have no words to describe the beauty of Wisley. It has so many different aspects, one minute we were walking around a rose garden, then a meadow, then a rock garden, then an oriental gazebo, then a tropical greenhouse, the list of different areas goes on and on. We followed the Night Garden trail to find the characters who were dotted around the grounds. The girls loved running around hunting out their favourite characters.
You can join Igglepiggle and friends on your own magical adventure trail at any of the four RHS Gardens in the UK. Simply pick up a free trail at the garden entrance or download the Gamar app before you arrive to bring the In The Night Garden friends to life. The trail is an imaginative play trail, ideal for children aged 1 to 5 years old and is available until the end of June 2017.