Princess Walk

Named after Kew’s founder Princess Augusta, this path extends north from the ‘five-ways junction’ end of Holly Walk to the northern end of the Broad Walk.

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Princess Walk

Did you know?

  • Just eight members of Kew staff can plant 40,000 bulbs in a day. Turf is lifted in autumn in areas where spring displays are planned. The staff then scatter bulbs by hand to create natural drifts. They then replace the turf and dress it with topsoil.
  • Bulbs should be planted at roughly twice their own depth. If you plant bulbs too shallow or in beds that are too crowded, they might come up ‘blind’. This means they produce lots of foliage but no flowers.

History and planting

Like Holly Walk, Princess Walk traces the path of a past highway, Love Lane, which divided the two estates that now comprise the Gardens. It is known for its springtime bulb displays and stately mature trees, which include a magnificent cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani).

From early springtime into summer, Princess Walk is a showcase for two million bulbs. Early colour comes courtesy of 600,000 Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell purple’, 140,000 Tenby daffodils (Narcissus obvallaris) and 25,000 byzantine gladiolus (Gladiolus communis subspecies byzantinus). These are followed by shows of 30,000 snakes’ head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris).




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