Chiswick is not a particularly famous corner of the world; a district of west London, and part of the London Borough of Hounslow it contains Hogarth’s House, the former residence of the 18th-century EnglishContinue readingChiswick salmon en croute
Kew is a fabulous place to enjoy an afternoon with family.
in fact, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 750 staff. Its chief executive is the current Director, Richard Deverell. Its board of trustees is chaired by Marcus Agius, a former chairman of Barclays PLC.
The organisation manages botanic gardens at Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, and at Wakehurst Place, aNational Trust property in Sussex which is home to an internationally important Millennium Seed Bank. The Seed Bank is also the site of multiple research projects and international partnerships with at least 80 countries. Seed stored at the bank fulfils two functions: it provides an ex situ conservation resource and also facilitates research around the globe by acting as a repository for seed scientists. Kew also operates, jointly with the Forestry Commission, Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, which specialising in growing conifers.
The treetop walk gave a fantastic view across to the large greenhouses that were being renovated. As well as providing a viewing platform for the constant bombardment of huge jets cruising down into Heathrow, 10 miles beyond.
The lillies lillies in this greenhouse were amazing
Some wildlife was also on hand to observe proceedings
The cacti in the Prince of Wales Greenhouse were stunning
To cap off the trip, a nice cuppa and slice of cheesecake in the Kew cafe is highly recommended after all that walking.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I will be adding some more plants when I have sifted through all my pictures from a fabulous weekend