Kew Gardens was founded in 1759 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The gardens are beautiful and I really enjoyed them. Kew is also a research centre for plant science and conservation, focusing on understanding and protecting the world’s plant and fungal diversity. Their cause is a noble one. I only relatively recently have started to appreciate plants and their seemingly infinite variation. One of the things I like about Kew is the fact that children don’t pay an admission fee to the gardens, allowing them to develop an appreciation for nature early in life for free!
We saw a golden pheasant roaming freely around the gardens – beautiful isn’t it? It seemed relatively unafraid of people (was probably used to them). We also saw peacocks, geese and ducks.
Above, a banana tree in one of the glass houses. Aren’t the leaves beautiful?
Above, the jade vine, native to the Philippines. I almost couldn’t believe they were real – their colour looks so fake!
Above, the Water Lily House. I love the giant water lily (native to the waters of the Amazon rainforest). Here is a video that tells you a bit more about this beautiful water lily.
Just above the water lily was this carnivorous plant, hanging in a basket.
This curly palm tree looks a bit like a snake!
Above, I thought the flowers of this plant were very unusual.
Above, some beautiful flowers in the Rock Garden.
Overall, I really enjoyed Kew Gardens. We walked around the gardens for 4 hours, and we still didn’t manage to see everything! I’d really recommend Kew to people who love taking photos of plants, flowers and nature – plenty of beauty to capture here.
N.B. You can navigate around Kew gardens using their official free Kew gardens app.