Kew Gardens

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Last Monday I was taken out on a date to Kew Gardens! The weather was amazing, so sunny and warm, (why is it forecasting snow now?! ugh, England...)

Kew Gardens are Royal Botanical Gardens just outside of Central London. They're huge! And we didn't have time to see it all, so we'll just have to go again... There's lots of things to do, and for every occasion. You could go with friends, with kids, with your parents, with a date... anything goes.

The first place we visited was the Palm House. You leave London behind these glass walls to enter a tropical forest, truly magical...









We were there until about 4 PM and the sun was setting on the gardens, and seeping through the glass house.





I was especially excited about the Orchids exposition, and with reason! It was magnificent. Bursts of colors hanging everywhere, floating in ponds, shaped as arches, making canopies. Really romantic, I'd recommend it to anyone! Unfortunately the exposition closes on the 10th of March, but I'm sure it will be on again soon. Even without the orchids, Kew Gardens is not a place to miss out on. Going on a Monday afternoon is a really good idea too as we were virtually alone!







It's really interesting for kids too, they have boards with pictures of orchids and their exotic names, so you can go on a hunt to find them all. Our personal favorites were "Dazzle" and "Blonde Beauty"...





After the Orchids we tried going on a tree-top tour, but arrived too late... It will have to be for another time, it looked really fun though!



We searched for animals and found these little guys.



J obviously thought the duck was a far more interesting subject than I...



And just wasn't exciting enough to get the peacock's attention! I also thought it best to spare J the fame that inevitably comes with appearing on this blog... 



By the time we left the sun had set, and we were eager for a nice cup of tea! (and cakes)
Before leaving though, we had to visit their shop (classic me), and we both found awesome and original Mother's Day presents. (shh don't tell them). We left well rested and ready to tackle the week!

You can find Kew's website here. And you can see it on my NEW map here! You can see the events happening each month, in April it is Magnolia Season, and I've heard the gardens are really beautiful and full of color. They also have a nice glass-house restaurant called the Orangery and a great Tea menu if you happen to be more organized than us and arrive a bit earlier!

15 comments:

  1. Hugh TreversonsteinMarch 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Dude, pokémon is sooooo 1999

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    1. Mohammad Van RoosenMarch 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Get lost you trollll

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    2. Hugh TreversonsteinMarch 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Looser

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    3. If you're gonna insult people get it right... Loser***

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    4. Mohammad Van RoosenMarch 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Lol, if you're going to be a Righteous twat then at least get your own Punctuation correct, you need a comma after 'people'.

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    5. Maybe you shouldn't use words like 'lol', what are you, like 12? and whats with all the capitalization?
      To many morons on the internet these days...

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    6. Mohammad Van RoosenMarch 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Listen you smart alec, how about you come off 'anonymous', post your address on here and I'll come round yours and give you a lesson in grammar amongst other things..

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  2. That peacock is stunning colors!

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  3. What is the Matter with this Mohammad guy? Just read the blog post and if you don't like what you read, move on!

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  4. This is such a lovely idea for a date, you're a very lucky guy/girl! (apologies, you never specified your gender)

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  5. OMGOSHHHHHHHHHHHH this is sooooo cuteeeeeeeeee! like a squirel holding an acorn!

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  6. This is Lovely, If you like this you should visit Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, perhaps you can convince your lady friend to take you Mr Pikachu man!

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    1. Thank you! Keukenhof looks gorgeous.... A spontaneous visit to the Netherlands seems inevitable!

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  7. Who would have thought there could be such a beautiful tribute to nature located in such a disgusting city! Very inspirational

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  8. I heard a conspiracy theory that the treetop walkway is being shut down on account of the fact that health and safety had it shut down. Apparently there was a gaggle of walkers there last year and one of the walkways collapsed in all five of them fell to their gory deaths 25 m below

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