And for years I’ve been delaying a visit to a place that I’ve heard a lot about. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew! What a destination! I say destination as it is a place that you won’t “get away” with just an hour to explore. Spare at least 3 hours only in the garden (not to mention your travel time till there).
The Gardens are located in Southwest London, just next to Richmond. If you feel adventures then you can hit 2 birds with 1 stone by visiting both Kew Gardens and Richmond Park in the same day. A simple London Underground Train can get you from central London to both Richmond and Kew.
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About the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Kew Gardens is World heritage since 1993. But allow me to shock you with the following statement:
Inside this giant green space you’ll find are over 14 000 trees (no need to count them 😉). Four-teeeeeen thousand!!!!
Kew Gardens has the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world!
Think about this for a minute. “Largest and most diverse“. This means that inside you’ll find plants you’ve probably never heard off before. Plants like…
The world’s smallest water Lilly
There are several buildings inside this massive garden. One of them is called the Water Lily house where you can find a collection of … water Lilies 🕵️♂️
One of the Lilies is called Nymphaea thermarum – the smallest water Lily in the world!
Curious facts… this plant does not exist in the wild any more.. so the garden have basically saved it from extensions ♡
In Kew Gardens you’ll also find…
Chinese Pagoda, one of the oldest buildings in Gardens. Built in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of the Gardens.
With 253 steps to the top, the Chinese Pogoda is open daily. Ticket is £4.50
The Treetop Walkway
The walkway is a massive metal construction that allows you to see, feel and touch the trees at another level…. Literally! The Treetop Walkway is located in the centre of the gardens and with its 18 m high will offer you spectacular views across the garden and beyond.
The Marianne North Gallery
Named after an English Victorian biologist and botanical artist, notable for her plant and landscape paintings from her extensive foreign travels. Inside the gallery in you’ll find over 800 paintings which were inspired by her travels.
Best time to visit Kew Gardens is from end of March till end of October. Once again, spare about 3 hours to explore the garden.
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