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Kew Gardens

We visited Kew Gardens in London this weekend. Not what I expected. I loved it, but not what I was expecting…

The gardens - I was expecting ‘gardens’ - turned over soil, flower beds, borders. There were some traditional borders but it felt more like a huge parkland filled with beautiful established trees. In fact they do describe Kew as a tree library - a perfect description. Apparently they have over 14,000 trees!

Kew gardens trees

Kew gardens

Is it just me or does this look like a Victorian water colour…

Kew gardens trees

The walkway in the tree tops – A brilliant idea. You walk along a (wobbly in some places, much to James’ panic) walkway through the canopy of some beautiful trees. The view of Kew is great from up here – of course you don’t notice that if you are scared of heights and clinging to the railings!

Walkway through the trees

Walkway through tree canopy

Walkway at Kew

The buildings - The orange building below is Kew palace – the seed around which Kew gardens grew

Kew palace

There are loads of huge glasshouses. Miracles of engineering. If you like a big greenhouses, Kew’s your place! We found them stuffy and on such a beautiful day preferred to be outside tree watching.

Glasshouse at Kew

The food – As important as the gardens in my mind! It was fresh, home made and as good as it looks. This is a photo of James’ lunch and below it is my afternoon tea…

Yummy food at Kew

Dish water tea!

Great cake at Kew

 The verdict – Lovely. I would definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area. A very welcome change from the concrete and cars of the city.

To make it perfect I would offer one alteration – it should be free of change. Wishful thinking perhaps but we have been to some wonderful botanic gardens (Melbourne, for example) which are free to everyone. The royal botanic gardens in London is just as important as the museums and art galleries in the capital which have free entry. Everyone deserves to visit a beautiful garden, very often. Make it free.

Hope you have a wonderful bank holiday, Jane

11 Responses to Kew Gardens

  1. Marion says:

    My favourite photograph is the Victorian water colour, it is magical. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday.

    • admin says:

      :) Mine too! Thanks Marion, Jane

  2. Greenfingers says:

    I love Kew gardens – It’s such a brilliant place to visit. Great post, GF

    • admin says:

      Thanks Greenfingers. We loved it too! Jane

  3. Sally says:

    I would love to go to Kew. It’s certainly on my list of ‘things to do’. However it is a long way from where I live. Do you think I can park close by?

    • admin says:

      Yes I think so, but I would double check on the website. The train was pretty easy, Jane

  4. Elaine says:

    Fabulous walk way! Haha about the heights – you are very brave, I don;t think I could do it!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Elaine, Jane

  5. Elaine says:

    You can park near by Kew but I find the train easiest.

  6. Jo says:

    Love the victorian watercolour – I want it as art on my wall!

    • admin says:

      Haha, thanks Jo – Perhaps I should set up an online shop! Jane

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