Kew Gardens is looking stunning at the moment, with blossom, bulbs, and perennial flowers all surging fourth together.

Kew contains the most diverse collection of living plants of any botanic garden in the world. Parts of it were designed by renowned landscape architects William Kent and Capability Brown. But it is also, more simply, a wonderful place to visit and enjoy.

I was lucky enough to visit last weekend. It’s easy to get to if you’re in the London area, but for those who, like me, live further away I’d still recommend it as a great place to visit when you get chance. I spent an afternoon there and still only saw about half of it….

A lot goes on behind the scenes at Kew; it looks after botanical collections from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates, and is an international centre of botanic expertise. The trees in the garden are themselves an important part of the collection and grouped by family.

There are also historic buildings in the park; perhaps the best well known are the two huge Victorian glasshouses, which house tender and tropical plants. The temperate house has just reopened after restoration and is looking more magnificent than ever.

Of course, most places look better in the sunshine….. but Kew Gardens is wonderful whatever the season!

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