We squeezed in a visit to Kew before heading back home from London on Sunday.  It is years since I've been there in person, but really enjoyed watching  'A Year in Kew' – the TV series the BBC ran a couple of years ago.

I love the Victorian splendour of the Palm House

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with its ornate ironwork providing the perfect backdrop to those huge fronds.

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Leave via the west door and you step from tropical rainforest to the lavender fields of Provence.

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The amazing Treetop Walkway (designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the architects of the London Eye) opened just over a year ago.  It is 59ft high! 

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You can see how it was built and even take a virtual tour.Kew-treetop-walkway 

You get a great view of the Glasshouses from up here too

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and the entrance to the Rhizotron down below.

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The tree you can see above is a bronze sculpture, but one little bird thought it was the real thing….

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After discovering a fabulous photography exhibition (which deserves its own post) we went to see the Waterlily House

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– a lovely little glasshouse with a special atmosphere all of its own.

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I like the way the patterns of the roof metalwork are reflected in the water.

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A truly inspiring place.

Kew Gardens is situated on the banks of the river Thames in south-west London, near Richmond.  Find Kew visitor information here.  Kew Gardens, Kew, Surrey TW9 3AB

Kew is open 363 days a year.

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