Anyone who has been here a while knows that we love a trip to London so when my colleagues bought me afternoon tea at Kew Gardens as my leaving present we couldn’t have been more thrilled.
We wanted to visit in the summer to get the most from that world famous garden so went at the beginning of June. I’d been once before with my sister when my older niece turned sixteen…. she’s thirty two now! SO a revisit was almost like going for the first time.
We were not disappointed. In fact Gav was downright impressed. Here are a collection of photos from that afternoon.
The Palm House.
The rose garden was amazing. Here is Gav wandering onto one side of it. Above is Rosa ‘Lady Salisbury’.
Didn’t get the name of this one……. But is is so beautiful.
Rosa ‘Gentle Hermione’. Love how it fades with age.
Rosa ‘Wisley 2008’.
And Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’.
We meandered over to have our afternoon tea in The Botanical restaurant. It was delicious.
And then a general mooch about. There is so much to see you can’t do it all in a day so we headed to what interested us most.
They have a vegetable garden and also a very clever and interesting area set out in plant families. The photo above is the Euphorbiaceae bed. Some families have surprising members and it was an enlightening walk.
Some of the flowers had there muslin bags over them I’m guessing to protect the fertalised flowers. Ingenious yet pretty and it make you realise how much planning and looking after these kinds of gardens need.
The Rose Arbour.
The we went to climb up to the treetop walkway. Another clever idea.
And the view from the top was great. You can see the newly restored and recently re-opened Temperate House.
And before we left for the day we stopped inside that glasshouse.
Absolutely amazing place and we will be back again I’m sure. So worth a visit.