The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. In winter the Palm House welcomes you in to the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones and the Waterlily House shows off its amazing, giant lily pads. In spring and summer you can enjoy the long vistas of snowdrops and crocus lawns and the brightly coloured herbaceous borders, the Great Broad Walk Borders which are home to more than 60,000 plants. In autumn where better to appreciate the changing colours than from the 59ft (18m) high Treetop Walkway?
Kew Gardens is also the site of Kew Palace, the former summer residence of King George III and it is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. With its unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships, it is a leading international scientific and conservation centre.
See kew.org for seasonal attractions such as the Orchid Festival, the annual summer music concerts Kew The Music, children’s holiday activities, a whole range of walks, talks, art and sculpture exhibitions and the annual finale, Christmas At Kew.
The historic gardens at Kew are interesting to visit and visually stunning at any time of year. Here are just a few images by local photographers.