KEW GARDENS LONDON
Kew Gardens is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We spent a great day exploring all it has to offer. First stop on our walk around the gardens was the Marianne North Gallery, which I somehow managed to miss on my previous visits to Kew. Every inch of the rooms walls are covered with almost all of Marianne North’s life’s work. A remarkable woman, travelling the world in the late 1800’s where she created botanical art; a record of exotic plants in their natural habitat. This is a must see, possibly my favourite permanent gallery in London.
On from there, we visited the newly opened Temperate House, the largest in the World. The new conservatory is very different to the other glass houses because the plants are still in their very early stage of growth, so when walking around the elevated walkway you get a great view of the vast Victorian interior.
The other Victorian Glasshouses in Kew include The Palm House, which has a rainforest climate where you can see some endangered and even extinct plants all under one roof. When climbing the spiral staircase up to the walkway you are suddenly transported into a different world full of dense greenery because the canopy here is so developed and overgrown. Another one of my favourite places to explore is The Princess of Wales Conservatory, with plant species from ten different climate zones. Housing interesting and beautiful plants such as cacti and orchids.
Another great spot is the Treetop Walkway; unless you are scared of heights then I would not recommend this activity. Elevated 18 metres above the ground, the steel structure gives you a totally different viewpoint of the trees.