Snowy Kew

By: Anthony Hall - 24/01/2013

It may not have made it in time for Christmas but the snow arrived at Kew over the weekend, turning it into a winter wonderland.

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Here are some of the sights for those of you who couldn't get here or may have decided staying at home was a warmer option....

Photo of the snowy arboretum taken from high up in the Pagoda

Part of the Arboretum including the Temperate house, taken from the Pagoda.


Photo of the Pagoda at the end of a snowy vista with people enjoying a walk                 Photo of Kew Palace in the snow

The Pagoda and Kew Palace during the snow 


Lots of families braved the cold over the weekend to visit Kew as it was transformed by heavy snow. Among the dozens of snowmen being built by children and adults alike were glimpses of Spring just around the corner.

The Hamamelis bed along Victoria walk, close to the King Williams Temple, is looking spectacular at the moment, particularly with a light dusting of snow.

Bright yellow flowers of Hamamelis 'Kew Sunshine' topped with snow.

The fragrant bright yellow Hamamelis 'Kew Sunshine' topped with snow.


More used to the warm sunshine of the Mediterranean than freezing snow, the European palm (Chamaerops humilis) is very hardy and looks stunning in its winter coat.

Photo of snow-covered Chamaerops, the European palm close to the King Williams Temple

The European palm, Chamaerops humilis close to the King Williams Temple. 


Lots of birds rely on us for a helping hand during Winter, particularly in cold snaps. Regular supplies are left in these feeders attracting dozens of great tits, blue tits and coal tits as well as nuthatches, friendly robins and not so friendly parakeets.

Photo of a great tit feeding in a bird  feeder

A great tit, grateful for a free meal.

 Photo of bird footprints in the snow

Sometimes you don't always see the bird...


Finally, as I mentioned, there were lots of snowmen being built, but this was my favorite. I am reliably informed by one of our Friends of Kew that he was called Norman the snowman.

Photo of a life-sized snowman called Norman, sitting on a bench

Norman the Snowman chilling out... 

- Tony -



3 comments on 'Snowy Kew'

Helen Lindfield says

25/01/2013 3:40:36 PM | Report abuse

Wish I could have got there (but didn't trust the trains to keep running!).

Kam Hong Leung says

25/01/2013 7:56:14 AM | Report abuse

I was delighted to have the wonderful "Photo Opportunity" to create my first set of "KEW in Winter Photos" on 19 January 2013, including some heart-warming snowy family fun images. Some of my favourite "Big Snowman of HEW" photos as well as some related information and photos of the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens, KEW can be freely accessed via:

Katie Price says

24/01/2013 9:25:30 PM | Report abuse

Lovely pictures. Wish I could've been there.

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