Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens
Visiting new places in and around London is one of my favourite things to do. There are so many beautiful places, and I want to explore more…
Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in South West London, in the borough of Richmond. It is the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in London, and houses the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world. Sam and I took Dougie to its Christmas light display last year, which was magical, but I’d never visited Kew during the day before.
Kate and I had arranged to meet up, but couldn’t decide what to do, then she had the wonderful idea of visiting the gardens. There is currently an Orchids Festival on, which we were both keen to see. (Disclaimer: this post is going to include a lot of photos of flowers…)
We started off by enjoying a treat in The Botanical, the slightly fancier of the restaurants in the gardens. We wanted brunch, but they stop serving that at 11:45, and we weren’t quite hungry enough for a full meal, so both opted for desserts! I had the Eton mess, which was delicious, although once I’d eaten the fruit and meringue, it was literally just a huge bowl of cream…
Once we’d finished, we headed to the Orchids Festival. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I thought it would just be a greenhouse with a few orchids in, but it completely exceeded all my expectations.
As you arrive at the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the entrance doesn’t look like much and is a little underwhelming, but once you step through the initial greenhouse into the main conservatory, you’ll find yourself surrounded by one of the most impressive, colourful displays of flowers and plants you will ever see.
I could happily have spent hours wandering around, although it’s pretty humid in there, so be prepared to carry your coat!
We did a couple of laps of the festival, there are beautiful arches of orchids, hanging baskets, huge fish in the ponds, even a rice paddy scene, which brought back so many memories of my time in Thailand.
Once we left the conservatory, we wandered around the rest of the gardens, and wandered through the Palm House, which has an amazing collection of tropical plants.
It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday, and it was so lovely to get to spend time with Kate, especially in such a picturesque location – and yes, we took a LOT of photos.
The Orchids Festival runs until 11 March (which is also Mother’s Day – could be a lovely day out!) and entrance to the festival is included in the ticket price for the gardens. Even if you can’t make it to the festival, Kew Gardens is a beautiful place to spend a day – it’s also great for kids.
Have you ever been to Kew Gardens, or a botanical garden?