The Teddington Gardener

Kew Gardens – Desert, Tropics, Mountains and Forest….

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Through the gates on a bright, chill afternoon a couple of days ago and herewith a tour of the Princess of Wales Conservatory and Davies Alpine House by way of the Rock Garden and Woodland beneath the Temple of Aeolus.

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First stop, the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Arid/Desert environments –

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mbo_5449There was a peacock in there too –

And with preparations underway for the 22nd Annual Orchid Festival, a sneak preview of the extravaganza to come…. Orchidology once more (You’ve got an ‘-ology’, you’re a scientist…)

They are well ahead, the glasshouse teams at Kew, with the Orchid show but there is still much to do and it’s going to be a corker of a show (as usual) so I’ll be back on the 4th February – and probably again during the month long show – there’s so much to take in.

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids

From here it was a short hop into the Davies Alpine House, the distinctive clam shell glasshouse at the top of the Rock Garden and facing the grass borders. Just a little in here to catch the eye.

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And a few to round us off from the wander back to the Victoria Gates …

That’s all folks – a gallery or three to accompany the couple of hours I spent there last week and I hope it inspires you to come and visit – the Orchid Show will be a superb excuse and it is, of course, tropically warm inside this Glasshouse.

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