Kew Gardens, Part One (there will be more tomorrow now I’ve actually booked for the Great Pagoda)

A first look at the newly restored and be-dragoned Great Pagoda. Of course I didn't think to book, so shall be returning tomorrow at 10.30am for that pleasure. I have ascended the Pagoda before, pre-restoration about what, five years ago? But the Dragons are new, 1.8m long on the lower level carved in wood, greatly…

Looking for a January Getaway? A tropical holiday? Try Kew Gardens

  A dull day, yesterday, with a chill wind and a fine mist of rain oftentimes so it was glorious to spend a little time inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory in Kew Gardens - plenty of humidity and generously warm temperatures and what a collection of plants in the tropical section here - orchids…

Orchids all the way at Kew Gardens – the Princess of Wales Conservatory prepares to put on a show (plus a trip into the desert)

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, never a dull destination within the expanse of Kew Gardens, is preparing for their annual Orchid Festival - it begins on the 7th February and runs through to the 8th March. http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids From past experience, it is going to be an intensely colourful and beautiful extravaganza and with temperatures outside…