The Londoner: A Day at Kew Gardens

Sunday was a really great day in London. The sky was a brilliant blue and the weather was well above 10 degrees which is unusual on a clear day this time of year. I'd been planning a visit to Kew Gardens (Royal Botanical Gardens) for quite some time. As you probably already guessed, I have a deep love for parks and green spaces, which is why i was really excited about the visit.  Kew Gardens is also roughly a 20 minute bus ride away from where my halls of residence is located so i wasn't over extending myself to get there.

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Captured on My iPhone 6 Plus

Captured on My iPhone 6 Plus

The first place i stopped off at was the Princess of Wales Conservatory which houses 3 climatic zones. Zone 1 was the moist tropics, Zone 2 was the dry tropics, and zone 3 was the desert. Stepping into Zone one reminded me of how the trail smells from Barter to Wallings Dam, just pure earthy goodness. The conservatory was also very hot in order to keep the plants alive and well which felt very homey indeed.

Parasites in Zone 2 (Dry Tropics) 

Parasites in Zone 2 (Dry Tropics) 

Artsy Action in Zone 2

Artsy Action in Zone 2

Moving out of Zones 1 & 2 and entering Zone 3 the plant life changes drastically. We head into desert territory and begin to see interesting Cacti and other plant life. The entire exhibit is very well kept and all the plants are pristinely manicured and well maintained. The colours of the plants also proved to be very appealing and I was up and down snapping shots of every single thing like a mad woman. 

After leaving the Princess of Wales Conservatory, I made my way over to the palm house which i had seen a few shots of when i googled the Gardens. As soon as i walked into the massive glass structure i was hit my warmth and shrouded in a sea of green. The Palm house is home to many different species of palm from different regions of the planet. By right most of the plants which call Kew Gardens home are not indigenous to the United Kingdom and are both housed and studied at Kew. I was surrounded by lush greens and aesthetic scenes which of course made for amazing photos.

I'm looking forward to exploring more of London :) 

- Annetta