Top things to see at Kew this spring
1. Waterlily House
Spring sees the reopening of the Waterlily House at Kew after its annual clean. A hidden gem of Kew, it is a feast for the eyes. It is the hottest, most humid environment at Kew, and also the perfect place to head to when the spring showers start.
The Waterlily House is home to many beautiful lotus flowers and waterlilies, including the enormous Victoria amazonica, and from spring, stepping inside this elegant glasshouse is an experience to behold.
2. Magnolia and cherry blossom
Throughout April and May Kew Gardens is transformed into picture of pink and white perfection, as blossom and magnolia flowers cover the trees.
There are trees in flower across the Gardens, but Cherry Walk should not be missed. It starts with an informal collection of Japanese cherries and continues into a formal avenue of 15 pairs of Prunus ‘Asano’ which at their peak are laden with beautiful blossom. As you walk down the aisle of trees, the blossom petals often look like confetti as they flutter from their branches in the wind.
3. The view from the treetop walkway
Spring is arguably the best time to experience the view from the Treetop Walkway. The Gardens are starting to fill with colour while the leaves of many of the trees have not yet appeared to hide the view. Standing at 8 metres high, the 200 metre walkway lets you wander through the tops of the trees, spotting birds, insects, lichen and fungi as you go. On a clear day, you can see across London.
4. Bluebells and Queen Charlotte’s cottage
Another spring favourite, bluebells take over the conservation area at Kew each year, turning the woodland into a stunning sea of blue. The bluebells here at Kew, look particularly beautiful around Queen Charlotte’s Cottage (open weekends and bank holidays), an area of which is over 300 years old. You may also spot the resident peacocks and golden pheasants enjoying this part of the Gardens.
5. The unique, rare and wonderful
All year round, Kew is home to the most weird and wonderful plants. This spring, we see the luminescent jade vine and the enormous titan arum in flower in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Elsewhere in the Gardens you can also find banana and chocolate trees, the towering monkey puzzle and too many other wonders to mention.
To get the best from a visit to you Kew, you can join a free walking tour to take in the highlights, or join the fascinating Plant of the Month tour (each Tuesday), which takes a more in-depth look at the plants of Kew and the science and conservation work that Kew does.
Visiting Kew this spring
These are just a few things to look out for at Kew this spring, to see what else is on, visit the spring at Kew page (link below).
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