Kew Gardens (part 2)

Category: Gardens

My previous post was getting a bit too long, but I still had so many marvelous photographs of Kew gardens, so I decided to go for part 2. I just can’t keep all this goodness to myself.

In the earlier post I mentioned names of the buildings that I took pictures of, but I did not provide a map. So here you go.

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Got this map from the Kew’s website .

Now it is time to get back to the photographs.

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A sunny view of the Alpine House

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That’s what I found inside the Alpine House

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Just in case you do not know name of this beauty it is called cyclamen.

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After finishing up with the Alpine house I moved towards the Plant Family Beds (called Order beds in the past). You may think that this is boring, but don’t be fooled by its name.

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The main purpose of the Plant Family Beds is to arrange plants according to their relationships with each other. Such flower arrangements are actually a unique feature of botanic gardens.

Those beds have quite a long history. They were created in 1846 to replace vegetable garden that moved to Frogmore. William Jackson Hooker, who was in charge of Kew Gardens at a time  decided to create flower beds and arrange them according to the classification of French botanist Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1789).

In this area of the garden you can also find a rose pergola, the most amazing thing I my opinion. But as it was not in full bloom at that time I settled for a few rose pics.

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And a few stunning snaps of the Palm House Pond, which I took on the way out.

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A statue of Hercules wrestling the river – god Achelous.

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Reference:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Souvenir Guide, 2004.

And a website of Kew Gardens.