6 August 2011

Kew

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I was recently invited to visit Kew for a tour of the gardens, totally flattered of course we hot footed it over there and was met by the lovely guide Colette, who knew everything there was to know about not just the history of the garden but also the amazing work that is going on now-a-days in research. I was left kinda gob smacked, little did I know that so much was going on behind the scenes.


Some of my favourites were the alpines and the grasses. These plants are so important to Kew as they demonstrate how plants have developed to live in harsh environments and the study of these may help find an answer for those countries that struggle to grow their own food due to their weather conditions. fascinating stuff, no?




I pondered a lot about those great persons such as Darwin and how important they were, and so grateful that people want to devote their lives to study plants.

whilst also admiring the beautiful gardens!


Nao did a live commentry to Japan via his twitter, I hope the guide didn't think he was being rude!



so many colours this time! last time we went was in Autumn which was totally different scenery.


the trees at Kew are some of the oldest I ever seen, and they came by ship from all corners of the world, hundreds of years ago! 

in the Palm house...

this timid looking flower is not all it seems, it is helping to save the lives of many cancer patients right now!



check out that tiny pineapple! and that strange flower actually has a landing platform for the birds to land on once it is ripe, bonkers isn't it!

I love the building itself, it does have the feeling of an old metal ship hull, a bit rusty and all riveted together.

and the light is very soothing in there, makes you feel all sleepy and needing a tea.



the water lilies are out right now, and really is a sight to behold. They also have the worlds smallest water lily, which is an endangered species from Rwanda. The folks at Kew are cultivating them and re-introducing them back to the native country even though you can imaging the problems for them to go out there politically speaking.

We thought these plants were kind of cheeky trying to escape the glass house! If it got cold, do you think they would creep back in there?


we had such a super lovely day, and so nice to learn stuff instead of just admiring pretty flowers.
At the moment at Kew you can pretty much visit any country {botanically speaking I mean} and all the flowers are out and blooming! I recommend you have a tour too, because plants are the future y'know! and there is so much we should all learn about them.

after our trip to Kew we had to go to work until 2am! on a sunday ergh. but we survived!
For more information about Kew gardens, visit their website here >
More camping adventures coming up!

5 comments:

  1. These gardens look amazing! I love the green house, it is stunning.

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  2. that second photo is just so pleasing! very lovely indeed xo

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  3. I haven't been to Kew in years, the last time I went there was a rope path through some of the trees which I traversed! Fabulous post, stunning photos especially love the close up shots. Plants are so important and it's great to know there are people like Kew out there researching. Kirsty :)

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  4. Lovely post and pictures. I live 10 mins away from Kew and make use of my annual membership -it's just such a beautiful place that is ever changing. The tour sounded brilliant and you learnt so much - thank you for sharing.

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  5. may armada13.2.12

    i love the kew gardens.unfortunately i find the entrance fee unreasonably high.great pics =)

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