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Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
If you are headed to London, I have a suggestion. In 1997 my husband and I visited The Royal Botanical Gardens -Kew – 10 miles from central London and adjacent to the river Thames. It is easy to get there by traveling on The District Line- Richmond branch, which is the closest London Underground station. Wear good walking shoes and visit the world’s largest collection of living plants and the herbarium, the largest in the world. Because of this visit to Kew, I later created a fictional character, Henry Bernard, trained and working at Kew, who is pivotal to the story, Greening of a Heart.
When Henry arrives in the Village of Burford he brings a mystery with him. A newly renovated Vicarage garden is a part of that mystery. Henry agrees to work with Hannah Winchester while on a sabbatical from Kew hoping to find the answers he seeks.
From a scene, Hannah awaits the arrival of an intern from Kew that Henry has arranged for. Frances Harper is one of my favorite characters in the novel.
Hannah went to sit of the front steps to wait for her new intern. A car turned into the drive and she watched a young woman, pony tail sticking out the hole of a Chicago Cubs baseball cap, get out and stride towards her.
I have wonderful memories of our visit to Kew all those years ago. There were happy hours researching about Kew for the book. From that research I imagined two young people integral to the story that I miss as I move on to a second novel. For more information: Kew Gardens