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Kew Gardens - London

It's been a long time since I last visited Kew Gardens (or to give it it's proper name, the "Royal Botanic Gardens Kew").

It was a lovely sunny day so we decided another visit was in order.

Once we arrived in the vicinity we had our first ice cream of the year from the nice ice cream man in his nice ice cream van on the corner.

Even if you're not particularly into flowers and plants it's still really nice to stroll around the gardens.

Any time of year is a good time to visit but my favourite time is spring when the gardens are alive with colour and lovely smells.

After admiring the flower beds we headed off to the Princess of Wales Conservatory with it's ten different climatic zones (most of them hot so it was a good place to get out of the cold for a bit).

I liked the cacti best. There are also ferns, pitcher plants and lots of other stuff (you can probably tell I don't have a very good grasp on things botanical). There used to be a massive water lily in here as well - big enough for a small child to sit on but sadly ... it died (the water lily not the child).

Outside the conservatory is a beautifully landscaped rock garden with lots of plants that er, like living in rocky places I imagine.

Forward and onward through the gardens passing trees in full blossom, beautiful magnolias, cedars, roses.

I really liked the Pagoda tree introduced to the UK from Japan in the 1800's apparently. Twisty turny branches and all bent over like it can't hold up it's own weight.

After we'd had our fill we headed for the river (Thames) which runs along one side of the gardens. A gentle stroll by the water rounded off a really nice relaxing day.

Apart from existing for the public's pleasure lots of important stuff like research goes on at Kew. So more power to all the folk that keep it going.

To find out more head on over to the official website at www.rbgkew.org.uk/ (link opens in new browser window).

 

Flower beds, Kew gardens
Flower beds

 

Cacti
Cacti, Princess of Wales Conservatory

 

Japanese Pagoda tree
Pagoda Tree

 

Hyacinths
Hyacinths

 

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