United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 4

 

 

Monday, 28 August 2017, Ealing - Kew Gardens - Ealing

 

Not much to talk about today. Up and about and walk a couple of blocks to the bus stop and onto the big red bus for a 17 minute ride to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, or Kew Gardens.

 

We spent the day wandering through the gardens which Wikipedia tells me is, " 326-acre site at Kew has 40 historically important buildings and collections of over 40,000 species of plants". Needless to say, even walking all day you can't see everything.

 

We went through a number of the buildings including the Kew Palace. This building was a private residential palace for King George III 1760 - 1820), and Queen Charlotte and their 15 children (apparently there was no television in those days). It was only a relatively small palace as it was not a ceremonial place. The ground and first floors have been maintained/restored to something like their former glory however the other floor has not been touched for 200 years.

 

A temporary sculpture representing a bee hive gives an impression of life in a bee hive. The sculpture is linked to one of the Garden hives and the sound of the bees communicatng from inside the hive is replayed in the sculpture along with LED lights.

 

We wandered through some specialist places like the Water lily House, housing one of the largest water lilies, the Bamboo Garden with a Japanese Minka House, the Oak Collection, a stand of giant 100 year old California Redwoods and finishing off with the Treetop Walkway.

 

With a picnic lunch and a games area for the children to play in allowing the adults a chance to explore some of the longer walks and a warm day 28 degree day meant that by late afternoon, everyone was ready for a cool ice cream and the bus ride back to Ealing.

 

 

  • Palm House Palm House
  • Looking across the lake from the Palm House to The Botanical Looking across the lake from the Palm House to The Botanical
  • The Water Lily House The Water Lily House
  • Sculpture - The Bee Hive Sculpture - The Bee Hive
  • Inside the Bee Hive Inside the Bee Hive
  • Impressive and unusual tree Impressive and unusual tree
  • Kew Palace Kew Palace
  • Gardens at the rear of Kew Palace Gardens at the rear of Kew Palace
  • Swans on one of the lakes Swans on one of the lakes
  • California Redwoods California Redwoods
  • Section of the Treetop Walkway Section of the Treetop Walkway
     

 

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