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a174 these in Cheshire,” – and then a strawberry tree. “It did actually
have strawberries on it in October 2007. They produce tiny white
flowers in the first year, which look like Lily of the Valley, and fruit
in the second year. However, the fruit is very bitter.”
Roman ruins
From Grosvenor Park we slip out onto The Groves, the tree-lined
embankment beside the River Dee, and then follow the city walls
up to the Roman Garden. “It’s not Roman as such,” Yvonne
clarifies. “But we needed a piece of land where we could display
the various stones we’ve found during excavations throughout
the city.
“The Duchess of Westminster funded this little garden. This
lower section is planted with six mulberry trees while the rest
contains aromatic Mediterranean-type plants such as lavender
and rosemary.”
From here it’s a short walk along the City Walls to the cathedral
and the Garden of Remembrance. Looking down from the walls,
we can see the floral display shaped like a war medal, surrounded
by gold with coloured stripes representing the colours of the
Cheshire Regiment.
The beauty of guided tours is that visitors are shown spots that
many simply don’t know exist. One such place is just off Abbey
Street, behind the cathedral.
“The Friends of the Cathedral have planted this small area with
two pink hawthorn trees and a selection of heathers,” says Yvonne.
From here, the tour takes us into the front garden of the
Bishop’s House, a place not normally open to the public. This
impressive Georgian mansion has a wonderful rose around its
Victorian porch plus two palm trees. Evidence this south-facing
property is a suntrap.
We slip into Abbey Gardens with its oval lawned area and then
the cobbled street gives way to smaller cottage-type gardens with
Walking tours of Chester
roses and lawns. Stepping under an archway brings us to Northgate
Street outside Chester’s striking Town Hall and the Tourist
Toursstartat10.30ameveryday(includingChristmasDay)from Information Centre, marking the end of our tour.
theTouristInformationCentre,NorthgateStreet.Extratoursbegin “We offer a wide range of tours,” explains Stephen. “And the
at11.30amduringJune,JulyandAugust.Tel:(01244)402111for Garden and Open Spaces tour offers a new perspective on this
bookings(advisable)andfurtherdetails.Availabletoursincludea popular destination.”
generalhistorytour,aCivilWartour,atouroftheRowsshopping We have to agree: we have seen many interesting items that we
centreandaGhosttour. might normally miss and declare that Chester’s Garden and Open
Spaces tour is blooming marvellous!
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