Orchid Festival at Kew

A few weeks ago I went to Kew, to see the last weekend of their spectacular Orchid Festival. My friend Neville gave me a guided tour, he is the orchid expert!

The event was in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the whole place had been transformed into an orchid extravaganza. There was a range of incredible displays, with orchids such as phalaenopsis, vanda, paphiopedilum and one of my favourites, Prosthechea cochleata (the National Flower of Belize). It was a definite Kew highlight for me!

Orchids!

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Orchid displays

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It wasn’t just the orchids which were stunning, the rest of the garden was looking pretty spectacular too. Daffodils and crocuses consumed the lawns and borders, several Magnolia and Prunus trees were blossoming too.

Daffodils and crocuses

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The Palmhouse

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The Lake

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The Temperate House

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View of the Pagoda

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The Japanese Gateway

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Magnolia

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Sequoiadendron giganteum

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It’s Nev!

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The Knobcone Pine (Pinus attenuata)

Knob cone pine, Pinus attenuata

There were delights hidden amongst the nooks and crannies in the Rock Garden, the Euphorbias  especially caught my eye – they looked almost lime green in the sunlight.

The Rock Garden

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Euphorbias

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Pulsatilla halleri subsp. rhodopaea

Pulsatilla halleri subsp. rhodopaea

Narcissus fernandesii

Narcissus fernandesii

Tropaeolum tricolor

Tropaeolum tricolor

Tulipa kaufmanniana

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Tulipa kaufmanniana

I had a great day and am looking forward to returning to Kew again soon – roll on summer! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Orchid Festival at Kew

    • Ah I can imagine, we’re lucky over here how quickly the weather warms up. Even throughout winter it wasn’t cold, just very wet! Very pleased you liked the photos, thank you for commenting 😀 x

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  1. Absolutely stunning photos of stunning flowers Becky! Sometimes nature leaves me speechless. I was looking at the tropaeolum and had no idea what they are so googled them and got nasurtium! ! Ive never seen any like this before, theyre beautiful. Im as impressed with these as much as the more exotic flowers 😊 xx

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    • I know exactly what you mean! Nothing man made is ever as beautiful and breath-taking as what nature creates.
      The Tropaeolum is a really delicate flower, I love it. Its common name is three-coloured Indian cress, it’s endemic to Chile – I haven’t seen it anywhere else other than Kew! Thanks Christine, I’m glad you liked this post 😀 x

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      • Becka, most of us never have the chance to see it all. It is lovely of you to share them. I do have some photos of unusual orchids that I took in a California Coffee house years ago. There were tiny coffee cups filled with tiny green spotted orchids and other lovelies! 🙂 x

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