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Kew Gardens with or without the kids. Glorious in every season.

Kew Gardens have been a favourite of mine for over 14 years – basically, since I moved to London. Founded in 1840, Kew hosts the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. The gardens are gorgeous, vast and glorious in every season. One of our top 7 retreats within an hour of London, always with the added bonus of something fabulous on.

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Summers are perfect for picnics and chilling on blankets in the shade of majestic trees.

The treetop walkway is the perfect observation summer point and fun for mild adrenaline seekers with its perforated metal structure that flexes under feet and sways in the wind.

Springs are delightfully green with an eruptions of flowers and colours.

The Orchids festival has been preparing the spring arrival at Kew in the last couple of years.

Vibrant colours, exotic fragrances, some delicate and some stronger – quite an event for the dull coloured days English winters.

The fall at Kew Gardens is another treat and we just spent a glorious Saturday soaking in October colours and art spread around. Our 4 and 5 years old (our friends son) explored the deserts and the tropical jungles, we talked carnivorous plants, waterfalls and cactuses.

 

It drizzled quite  bit so the Kew glasshouses made perfect exploration grounds.

Our 18 old months loved the indoors and outdoors playground.

We also explored the grounds quite a bit: pretty manicured areas, wild ones with bluebells, bambus house and more art.

The highlight of Christmas season is also about to be released soon. Xmas at Kew is a wonderful lighted celebration as joyous, sophisticated and arty as London gets. Of course there’s an abundance of wonders for the kiddies and the teens, funfair included, Christmas market, elves and Santa appearances.

Last year we were delighted to be invited on the Press evening and wrote about. Looking forward to going back this year!

 

23 comments on “Kew Gardens with or without the kids. Glorious in every season.

  1. Zen Babytravel
    October 14, 2017

    Country Kids

  2. Maid in Dartmoor
    October 14, 2017

    Looks like a lovely colourful place, a nice break from the city I’m sure! #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 15, 2017

      Indeed! Much needed after 5 days of tube commute to Canary Wharf 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. mommamack15
    October 14, 2017

    Kew gardens is one place I’ve always wanted to go but never quite managed to get there, even though my brother lives nearby in Kingston. The Christmas lights look magical, maybe I can convince him to take us for a family trip this year to see them #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 15, 2017

      Absolutely you should! Lunches are aso great and easy with kids – lots of options around playground and the orangery with space for little ones to explore. And/or Xmas at Kew evenings are magic for the whole family. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. thejoyoffive
    October 14, 2017

    I’ve only ever visited Kew at Christmas. I really need to go back and do some more exploring #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 15, 2017

      Warmly recommending, hope you get to go this year and let me know your impressions!

  5. Emma T
    October 15, 2017

    I’ve never been. Looks like there’s so much to see #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 17, 2017

      Hi Emma, hope you get to see them soon, I promise, they are quite a treat! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Coombe Mill
    October 16, 2017

    Such beautiful photos and oh my how Kew Gardens have come on since I last visited. There were non of the “wow” statement pieces back then that I remember and stopping the kids running where they shouldn’t and picking a flower was always an issue. It looks such a family friendly place to visit now at any time of year.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 17, 2017

      Hehe Fiona, with me being such a garden addict, my boys are quite used by now to mostly smelling and talking about 😉 Sculpt at Kew was on until October 15th and the sculptures indeed were wow and fabulous. Pleasure to link in as usual!

  7. dearmummyblog
    October 16, 2017

    We’re sad to say that we’re yet to visit Kew Gardens but it looks amazing! Love all the colourful photos #CountryKids x

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 17, 2017

      Hope you get to see them soon and thank you for stopping by!

  8. Sara | mumturnedmom
    October 16, 2017

    In all the years I lived in London, I’m sorry to say I never made it Kew Gardens! Looks like you had a lovely day x #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 17, 2017

      Hi Sara, hope you get to see Kew Gardens soon, I promise, they are quite a treat! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. travelwithclem
    October 17, 2017

    I have never been to Kew Gardens, but I have developed my appreciation for gardens after visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden earlier this year: https://travelwithclem.com/missouri/the-missouri-botanical-garden/ Thanks for sharing your post!

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 17, 2017

      Thank you Clem! Love your pics & colours of Missouri gardens and your outfit is gorgeous and goes so well! I am a lover (read addict) of gardens – blaming years of Chelsea flower shows and England ;). Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Elizabeth
    October 18, 2017

    Kew Gardens is the best! I was there for work several years ago now and it was my favorite!

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 19, 2017

      Work event must have been very nice at Kew, I am picturing cocktails and yum nibbles in stunning grounds? Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth!

  11. MummyTravels
    October 18, 2017

    There is always something lovely to see at Kew – we used to have the Friends of Kew annual pass but let it lapse a few years ago and I do miss going. I really must get organised enough to make the winter event this year. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 19, 2017

      Pleasure Cathy! Hope we get to meet in person soon in one of the winter events !

  12. Kew Gardens look beautiful. I’ve never visited even though I worked in the area several years ago. It looks like there is plenty to see and enjoy in all seasons. #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 19, 2017

      Pity about last years but hope you get to go soon Louise! Thanks a lot for stopping by !

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