Spring 2014 at Kew Gardens
April sees Kew Gardens in full spring bloom. Come and enjoy the stunning beauty of over five million bulbs including swathes of snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils.
Best things to see at Kew Gardens in spring
At Victoria Gate from mid-February you will be greeted by a sea of over two million blue, white, and mauve crocuses (Crocus vernus), which stretch beyond the Temple of Bellona and towards King William's Temple.
Daffodils can be seen around the Temple of Aeolus and, as you stroll down the length of the Broad Walk, the perfect setting for a gentle amble on a spring day, you can also bathe in their glorious sunny glow (from March).
The 250 types of magnificent magnolias across the Gardens are a sight to behold in early April. The trees grouped together at Elizabeth Gate, with their large pink and white flowers, will stand out as a special highlight for your visit.
For more unusual, exotic bulbs visit the Davies Alpine House, with its changing displays from March to May. For updates on what is on display, visit the Alpine House and Rock Garden blog.
The trees are alive
You will also be able to enjoy the sight of Kew’s trees as they awaken and burst with new life. The Cherry Walk is a popular highlight from mid-March.
Glory of the Snow
Later in the season, thousands of deep blue, starry flowered Chionodoxa siehei carpet the lawns surrounding 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.
Look out for Kew’s spring flowering and plan your visit using the Bulbwatch Map
Art at Kew
Magnolias are also celebrated in The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art with an exhibition (15 January – August 2014) featuring breathtakingly beautiful and detailed paintings of Magnolia species by award-winning botanical artist Barbara Oozeerally. These stunning images and many more will be captured in a book, Magnolias in Art and Cultivation, published by Kew and the RHS, to coincide with the exhibition in 2014.
Top tips for gardeners
Get inspired to plan your own garden and pick up a copy of Growing Garden Bulbs, written by Kew’s Head of Hardy Display, Richard Wilford, and the driving force behind Kew’s beautiful spring displays. This book will help you get the most out of your snowdrops and daffodils.
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