On a sunny May Saturday the queue at the garden entrance stretched fifty yards down the street. Once inside the gates the crowds quickly disperse. The Royal Botanic Gardens can absorb a lot of people without losing their tranquility. There are many special features and attractions within the 300 acre site, with 30,000 different plant species in the display gardens and glasshouses, but the spaces in between are given over to vast lawns punctuated by magnificent specimen trees, peaceful wildflower meadows and woodland areas. Kew Gardens is an important centre of botanical research and education; it’s also a great place for a picnic.
Here are a few snapshots from the Arboretum and the Great Broad Walk Borders.
Click on any image to view the gallery and here to visit the Kew Gardens website.