Sorry, I couldn’t resist the silly title but I finally made time to go to one of my favorite places in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For those who don’t know, Kew Gardens, whose history dates back to the 1700s, occupies over 300 acres in south-west London and in 2003 was deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Typically when we visit as a family, we wind up spending all our time at the amazing playgrounds and don’t get a chance to explore the floral attractions for which Kew is famous. This time was different though as I was armed with a camera and a record 3 hours of freedom! In the winter, Kew is obviously not in full bloom but there’s still the winter garden, several glasshouses and the beautiful Princess of Wales Conservatory which is currently home to the “Tropical Extravaganza” exhibit showcasing wild orchids and other Amazonian flower displays. I took lots of photos, uploaded below, to give you a mini-tour of the beautiful gardens. My only regret is that I missed seeing the resident iguana that lives in the conservatory – I hope nothing happened to him :) If you want more information, check out Kew’s website http://www.kew.org/.
February 9, 2011 by Leave a Comment