Monday, 18 March 2013

Kew Gardens In Bloom

The other weekend Jim and I ventured west to explore Kew Royal Botanic Gardens with our friends Danielle and Tom. Kew Gardens comprises 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in southwest London, England.  Although it was absolutely freezing that day, several of the exhibits were inside glasshouses so we were able to warm up while admiring the beautiful blooms. The big draw was the orchid exhibit they were running through the beginning of March – most of the above photos were taken there. Apparently there are over 30,000 different kinds of plants at the gardens…I certainly didn't count that many but I can say that it was expansive, beautiful and well worth a visit.

There’s also a restaurant where we went to warm up with tea and fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam – naturally! And right next door is the Kew Palace which is quite small but still very grand. The actual Borough of Kew is really lovely too – there was a Sunday market going on right outside the tube station and there were some nice restaurants and shops along the little high street. Seemed like a nice place to settle down a little outside of the hustle & bustle of central London! With only a few more months left here, I can't wait for more weekend adventures in London!

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