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Spring at Kew Gardens

Colour takes over the Gardens at spring with new plants blossoming and leaves starting to unfold. From the early spring crocuses and sunny daffodils, to the striking magnolias and bluebells of May, the changing colours of spring are not to be missed.

Looking good now

Planning to visit this week? Here is the top pick of spring bulbs currently in flower at Kew.
Snowdrops

Pretty white snowdrops growing in the Rock Garden
The snowdrops have been braving the cold for some time now and are still flowering in pockets across the Gardens. Visit the Rock Garden to see a lovely collection of snowdrops still in flower.

Rock Garden

 

Crocuses

Close up of spring-time crocuses at Kew Gardens
Already flowering in swathes across the grounds, the delicate crocuses are bringing colour back to Kew. In the next week or so, visitors arriving at Victoria Gate will be greeted by a sea of over two million Crocus vernus, which stretch beyond the Temple of Bellona and towards King William’s Temple. 

Temple of Bellona

 

Camelias

Bright pink spring magnolia buds
Several varieties of camelia are in flower across the Gardens and can be found along the path from Victoria Gate to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. 

Shirley Sherwood

 

 


Later in spring

Daffodils

From March onwards, bathe in the sunny glow of daffodils around the Temple of Aeolus. 

Temple of Aeolus

 

A close up of a magnolia at Kew Gardens

Magnolias

Often in bloom from April, you can find over 250 types of magnolias across the Gardens. Located by Elizabeth Gate, Victoria Gate, and near the Kew Gardens Gallery.

Victoria Gate

Davies Alpine House

Exotic bulbs

Visit the Davies Alpine house, which has changing displays of unusual and exotic bulbs between March and May. 

Davies Alpine House

Glory of the snow

Later in spring, thousands of deep blue, starry-flowered Scilla forbesii carpet the lawns by White Peaks. These delicate alpine plants are known as ‘glory of the snow’ in western Turkey, as they emerge from the melting snow of the mountains. 

Glory of the Snow

Cherry Walk. Spring.

Cherry Walk

Enjoy the stunning Cherry Walk as it comes into bloom from mid-March. It runs from the Rose Garden behind the Palm House to King William’s Temple, and then on to the Temperate House.

Cherry Walk


Spring comes alive at Kew

We've captured our beautiful spring bulbs and trees bursting into bloom in this time-lapse video.

 


What's on at Kew this spring

 

Alluring Orchids 2015 festival thumbnail image

 Alluring Orchids

7 Feb - 8 March 2015

Don't miss this stunning display of tropical flowers in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Alluring Orchids

 

Photograph from the international garden photographer of the year, 2015 exhibition,
International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition

14 Feb - 5 April 2015

An exhibition of beautiful photographs in the lovely Nash Conservatory. 

International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition

 

Alluring Orchids

A floral feast to seduce the senses
7 February to 8 March 2015

Alluring Orchids 2015