Kew Gardens

I’m playing catch up with my blog posts at the moment so apologies if I’m a couple of weeks late…

I went down to London in June to visit my Australian penfriend, it was our last weekend together before she heads back home. She suggested we visited Kew Gardens on the Saturday, I jumped at the idea as when I lived in London in the 1980’s I used to visit Kew whenever I felt the need for a bit of green, which was quite frequent! I lived in the East End, so I would drive round the North Circular Road and wander for hours round the gardens, looking at the huge trees and inside the greenhouses. I loved it, it was my escape.

Roll on a lot of years and it is just as beautiful. Kew is managed by the Royal Horticultural Society, it was first recognised as a National Botanical Garden back in 1872, but there had been a garden there for many years before that. It houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”.

We did two free garden tours whilst we were there, which were really informative. Some of the trees are very, very old, it always amazes me to think of history that has happened during the lifetime of a tree. 20180616_112958

There’s a large rose garden at Kew, full of David Austin roses, the scent was amazing. It was lovely wandering round and spotting roses we have in our garden. The photo shows less than half of it!20180616_113038

The palm house was stunning, just from an architectural point of view, never mind the plants! There were little mist puffers up near the ceiling which gave it a very ethereal feel inside.20180616_113704

I made a beeline for the waterlily house as I love waterlilies. I wished I had my DSLR camera with me (ideally with a telephoto lens!)  instead of my phone as the flowers were beautiful. Some of them were tiny and easily missed, others were huge.20180616_120755

Kew gardens is big, about 30 acres, so we barely scratched the surface in a day. We looked on the map to choose things we didn’t want to miss, I spotted a rose walk over near the herb garden, so we wandered there too…oh to have a rose arch like this!20180616_124722

I love looking at trees, their bark patterns, leaf formations, their shape, some of the barks at Kew were beautiful, I could see an embroidery made from this one…20180616_115919

The Temperance House has just been restored after years of work, it’s the worlds largest surviving Victorian glass structure. During our guided tour we heard about the difficult decisions and plans they had to make with plants and trees as they had to empty the Temperate House in order to restore it.20180616_150830

We spent a wonderful day just meandering around the gardens, it brought back many happy memories and made new ones too.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Kew Gardens

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Oh, my. Heaven on earth ~ I love that first tree photo (all of them, but that especially), and the Austin roses would have sent me over the moon. Someday, I’d love to have some of them… Kew has always fascinated me, and now I have an inkling of just how much time I’d want to spend there. Assume there are cafés for a bite to eat? Thank you so much for catching us up with this!

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  2. Deb says:

    Can I hit the like button about ten times!😄

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I have only visited a couple of times, but enjoyed it both times. Bit surprised at how the entrance price had gone up!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      I was very surprised how much the entrance fee was, I feel it has gone up a lot relative to the cost of living – as a student nurse living in London I could afford to regularly ‘pop in’ for a couple of hours, I certainly couldn’t do that now!


  4. KerryCan says:

    What amazing variety in the Gardens and in your photos! I love that first tree especially!

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