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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens in London

Happy Leap Day!

For those of you who may still be covered in snow and the promise of spring still weeks away, as well as floral lovers everywhere, I thought you might enjoy a few enchanting images of the Orchid Festival that is currently on exhibit until March 6th at Kew Gardens in London.

The Kew is a Royal Botanic Garden that is world famous for its scientific organization and expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development. It is internationally respected for its outstanding collections in the UK and around the world.

It was founded as a national garden in 1840. The Kew site itself dates back to 1759 although it can be traced even further to the exotic garden at Kew Park which was formed by Lord Capel John of Tewkesbury.  

It consists of 300 acres (121 hectares) which feature both traditional gardens as well as botanical glass houses (conservatories). It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A more detailed historical account can be found HERE.

This year the Princess of Wales Conservatory has been transformed into into a celebration of carnival and colour exploring Brazil’s magnificent plant life and fascinating habitats.

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It takes months of planning and three weeks of round the clock teamwork to transform the space.

A series of orchids are delicately suspended leading to a tunnel made of lush tropical plants.

You will see enormous Rainforest Tree structures completely covered in dazzling Oncidiums and Bromeliads.

As well as five figures that are reminiscent of the vibrant and flamboyant costumes of Brazilian carnival dancers.

The address of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,  Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

It is open daily from 10 am (closed only on 24 and 25 December).

Happy Monday!

Laura

14 comments :

Linda said...

That's a lovely enchanted place for sure. :)

Thankfully our snow is all gone and spring weather has returned, but alas - a little blip of more snow is coming, but I know it will be gone quickly as well since warm temps are regularly making a comeback here. Still... outdoor planting doesn't happen here until end of April (for us rule breakers) and early May.

Hope you enjoy a lovely, warm week.
Linda

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, this is totally amazing.

Lisa said...

This is the dream isn't it? BIG SIGH

Jeanie said...

Wow -- that is absolutely spectacular! Such a blast of color and I sorely need that blast right now! What creative artists to do this all so beautifully -- and the horticulturalists aren't half bad, either!

Manu said...

Laura, thanks for visiting my blog!! These flowers are stunning I hope spring will come here soon.
Have a nice day

handmade by amalia said...

Gorgeous photos! The Kew Gardens are looking their best on this bright sunny day.
Amalia
xo

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

What a fantastic place to go! The pictures are fantastic. I would love to see it in person but it's a little far away! I have been to the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and I know they have an orchid display going on right now. I'm sitting here watching snow swirling around today as it's a big windy. Darn winter just won't give in here.

Vel Criste said...

Oh wow, what a paradise! Thank you for the info Laura!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, a visit here would be amazing. Such gorgeous and inspiring gardens.
Your photos are beautiful. The flowers are so vibrant. Thank you for sharing.
Thinking of you and best wishes for your studies and finals.
Blessings, xo

Daniela said...

I'm feeling in awe after having watched your wonderful photographs ... orchids are amongst the flowers I love most ... ah, how much, how much I'd love to see this show ... !
Thank you for sharing all this Beauty and Art, I'm truly fascinated by them both.

May your week be blessed with love
Dany

Bonnie said...

I think you might just think you had died and gone to heaven in these beautiful surroundings. I would love to go there. Enchanting!

Hena Tayeb said...

beautiful.. i have read about these gardens.. in a book.. trying to remember the name.. The Signature of All Things.. i think

Stacey said...

Laura, you have such a knack for knowing about and sharing beautiful things. I would absolutely love to visit Kew Gardens. Wouldn't you love to work there? I'd be in awe the whole time!

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Magnifique publication... Du bonheur en grandes brassées avec vos merveilleuses photos.
Merci pour ce bel enchantement.
Les orchidées sont des fleurs fascinantes.

Gros bisous ♡