Visit to Kew

First written and posted on 8th November, 2013. Please click here if you would like to read the original post on This and That.

Last weekend I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to see my friend Neville and to look round the gardens of course! Nev is a student on Kew’s three year long Diploma course, he is working full time and studying like mad but he still made time to give me a guided tour of the gardens, which were as amazing as ever.

Me and Nev!

There was a display of pumpkins in the Waterlily House, done especially for Halloween. It was strange seeing it looking so different from when I had last been there, in the summer! The glasshouses had the usual variety of exotic plants, my favourites were two Hibiscus flowers. The outside grounds were just spectacular, the arboretum was full of autumn colour – Acers, Photinias, Fagus sylvaticas, Liquidambars and many more trees and shrubs were at their best. I took plenty of photos, I hope you enjoy the selection! 🙂

Bed of grasses

Bed of grasses

Hibiscus “Orange Beauty”

Hibiscus "Orange Beauty"

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Pumpkins outside the Waterlily House

Pumpkins outside the Waterlily House

Salvia border

Salvia border

 Arbutus unedo, the Killarney Strawberry Tree

Killarney Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo

View from the Treetop Walkway

View from the Treetop Walkway

Photinia tree

Photinia

Shots of the trees in the arboretum

Arboretum

Arboretum

Arboretum

Arboretum

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