Add a burst of tropical colours to your London holiday this spring with a visit to Orchids at Kew – an outstanding display of orchids presented by Kew Gardens from February 9th – March 3rd, 2013. The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens are home to the world’s oldest and most comprehensive orchid collections, and this spring all the colours and beauty of these striking flowers will be on display for visitors to the gardens to enjoy. While you’ll find orchids on display throughout the year at Kew Gardens, this special event promises to bring together a spectacular array of hybrid orchids in all their colourful glory!
The Orchids at Kew Gardens display will be set in the modern Princess of Wales Conservatory, which commemorates Princess Augusta and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987. This extremely advanced and complex glasshouse is home to ten different environments, from dry tropical zones to rainforest conditions. The carefully tended orchids at Kew Gardens require varying growing conditions to produce their distinctive and colourful floral displays. There’s a hot and steamy zone for the varieties that thrive in a tropical climate and a cooler zone for the varieties that grow in tropical mountainous areas. The wet tropical zone at the Princess of Wales Conservatory will be transformed into a vibrant showcase of colours with stunning displays throughout the glasshouse.
Always wanted to grow your own orchids at home? Find out more about how to take care of these special plants in Kew Garden’s one day Orchids for Beginners course on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. With an introduction to orchids, tips on the best varieties to grow and how to make your plants thrive at home, this talk is a wonderful way to spend a day in London for garden enthusiasts!
Kew Gardens are located in Richmond, just 10 miles outside central London along the Thames. You can reach Kew quickly and easily via the Tube on the Richmond branch of the District Line. Exit at the Kew Gardens Station, and from the station it’s about a 5 minute walk to the Victoria Gate entrance.
To see the the Orchids at Kew Gardens Display, plan your visit to the gardens from February 9th to March 3rd, 2013. Entry to the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the orchid display is included as part of the Kew Gardens entry ticket. Visit www.kew.org for for details on visiting, booking tickets online and all the latest events at Kew Gardens.