A plant-mad Mother and a sunny day screams out for a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew!
Filled with endless blossoms, daffodils and crocuses spread across the gardens with curious buildings and sculptures in-between – it makes for a stunning setting for Mother’s Day. It was a welcome hangover cure for me and the siblings, and fascinating to our mother; a win on both counts.
The largest and most grand building is the Prince of Wales conservatory; each room has a different climate with cacti, alpine, Venus flytraps, orchids, streams and pools.
And now, his is what they call the ‘Treetop Walk’, and it will scare the living daylights out of you. After battling a heart attack to climb up to the path, it feels like you’re walking 80 feet up in the air on something no stronger than a kitchen sieve. I came dangerously close to passing out. Children were laughing at me. the experience was humiliating.
The Temperature House was full of exotic plants; you can climb up to the balcony and look down on the streams and banana trees. Set below the Temperature House is a small aquarium with seahorses, jellyfish and crabs.
Don’t expect anything overwhelmingly exciting – the purpose of Kew Gardens is to be refreshing beautiful, and slow-paced. You’ll see lots of wildlife – peacocks, geese, swans.
Tip – add in some savvy tech with the Kew Garden App. Featuring maps, plant knowledge, photos, historic info, architecture and landscape design. It’ll make you look like a pro!
Don’t forget to pick up some bon-bon’s and bulbs in the well stocked Victoria Plaza shop on your way out.x The Whistler x