Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Take the bus, tube or just walk, any trip to Kew is worthwhile

Take the bus, tube or just walk, any trip to Kew is worthwhile

We visited the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew this week.

It was everything we were hoping it would be, and more besides.

Located near to family, it seemed an afternoon strolling through the gardens, greenhouses and grasslands of Kew would be the perfect activity for our group, young and old, o a sunny Sunday afternoon in West London.

Nice day for it, where next?

Nice day for it, where next?

Kew Gardens is the world’s largest collection of living plants. Founded in 1840 from the exotic garden at Kew Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. It is one of London’s top tourist attractions. In 2003, the gardens were put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The Prince of Wales Greenhouse

The Prince of Wales Greenhouse

The main house is closed until 2016 I think

The main house is closed until 2016 I think

 

 

 

 

 

Kew Gardens, together with the botanic gardens at Wakehurst Place in Sussex, are managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (brand name Kew), an internationally important botanical research and education institution that employs 750 staff, and is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[1]

Water lillies at Kew Gardens Sunday 3rd May 2015 Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/1,000 sec, ISO 200

Water lillies at Kew Gardens
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/1,000 sec, ISO 200

The Kew site, which has been dated as formally starting in 1759,[2] though can be traced back to the exotic garden at Kew Park, formed by Lord Capel John of Tewkesbury, consists of 121 hectares (300 acres)[3] of gardens and botanical glasshouses, four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures, all set in an internationally significant landscape.[4]

Family fun is guaranteed at Kew

Family fun is guaranteed at Kew

Kew is a fabulous place to enjoy an afternoon with family.

 

in fact, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 750 staff.[2] Its chief executive is the current Director, Richard Deverell.[3] Its board of trustees is chaired by Marcus Agius, a former chairman of Barclays PLC.[4]

You may need this or the App on your phone to find your way around

You may need this or the App on your phone to find your way around

I liked these concrete steps, very 70's

I liked these concrete steps, very 70’s

The organisation manages botanic gardens at Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, and at Wakehurst Place, aNational Trust property in Sussex which is home to an internationally important Millennium Seed Bank. The Seed Bank is also the site of multiple research projects[5] and international partnerships with at least 80 countries.[6] Seed stored at the bank fulfils two functions: it provides an ex situ conservation resource and also facilitates research around the globe by acting as a repository for seed scientists. Kew also operates, jointly with the Forestry Commission, Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, which specialising in growing conifers.

The treetop walk gave a fantastic view across to the large greenhouses that were being renovated. As well as providing a viewing platform for the constant bombardment of huge jets cruising down into Heathrow, 10 miles beyond.

A large jet every 30 seconds approx.

A large jet every 30 seconds approx..

These greenhouses are amazing

These greenhouses are amazing

Don't look down

Don’t look down

Lots for youngsters, and adults alike

Lots for youngsters, and adults alike

Tree top walk is not for those who don't do heights

Tree top walk is not for those who don’t do heights

The lillies lillies in this greenhouse were amazing

 

Water lillies at Kew Gardens Sunday 3rd May 2015 Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/1,000 sec, ISO 200

Water lillies at Kew Gardens
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/1,000 sec, ISO 200

Some wildlife was also on hand to observe proceedings

This chap was very keen to say hello

This chap was very keen to say hello

The cacti in the Prince of Wales Greenhouse were stunning

More cactus

More cactus

a great cactus collection, as you would expect

a great cactus collection, as you would expect

To cap off the trip, a nice cuppa and slice of cheesecake in the Kew cafe is highly recommended after all that walking.

Nice cheesecake and a coffee at the Kew Greenhouse cafe

Nice cheesecake and a coffee at the Kew Greenhouse cafe

I hope you enjoyed this post, I will be adding some more plants when I have sifted through all my pictures from a fabulous weekend

 

 

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