Two weeks ago, James and I paid our first visit to the beautiful Kew Gardens, a world heritage site and botanical garden in southwest London that houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world” – Cheers Wikipedia.
If you’re not all that clued up on your nature vocab, ‘mycological’ refers to the scientific study of fungi.
I know what you’re all thinking: SHUT UP QUEENIE AND SHOW US THE FUNGI!
But you’ll have to make do with James, I’m afraid.
Our first stop was the Princess of Wales Conservatory where you can wander amongst plants from ten different climate zones including cacti, orchids and carnivorous plants.
We also spotted an iguana!
The Palm House was also stunning; an iconic Victorian glasshouse which recreates a rainforest climate to support a unique collection of tropical plants from some of the most threatened environments on Earth.
FUN FACT: No one had ever built a glasshouse on this scale before and to do so the architects borrowed techniques from the ship building industry. This may explain why the Palm House looks like the upturned hull of a ship.
Today the Palm House is one of Kew’s most recognisable buildings, having gained iconic status as the world’s most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure.
Compulsory break for ice cream.
After stuffing our faces and making the most of the sunshine, we headed over to the Temperate House, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world (twice the size of the Palm House).
It is home to an internationally important collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened, from Africa, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Definitely my favourite as I’m all about high ceilings, spacious environments, a ton of natural light and plants galore.
This is the Great Pagoda; it was designed by Sir William Chambers and completed in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of the botanic gardens at Kew.
It offered one of the earliest and best bird’s eye views of London.
There are only 35 spaces available every 30 minutes for you to climb to the top of the Great Pagoda and unfortunately by the time that we got there, the spaces had already been filled up so they recommend that you book in advance if you’d like to go up to check out the views.
I didn’t mind too much though as I’d been most excited about walking along the Treetop Walkway anyway.
200 metres long and towering 18 metres above ground, it boasted incredible views across the Gardens and beyond.
I loved it!
Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and I’d thoroughly recommend a trip to Kew Gardens if you enjoy beautiful scenery and topping up on oxygen.
Wear comfortable shoes as there’s lots of walking involved; it’s perfect on a sunny day!