One of the best vacations I ever took in my life was to the U.K. with my husband. As it was my second visit and his first, we wanted to make sure that we had an opportunity to do things that we each liked- my choice was to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
It was incredible. I expected a park with a bunch of perennial borders- but was overwhelmed by the varieties (and SIZE!) of trees, shrubs and plants of all kinds. The views were incredibly romantic and looked as if they came from an old landscape painting. The visit is indelibly etched in my mind.
I can’t believe this is even a photograph. And not a posed one- a swan just happened to be floating by. Amazing.
This pond was so lovely to look at that we ate our packed lunch next to it on a conveniently placed park bench. It was very romantic and sweet. And right around the corner, peacocks!
I recognize that my delight in peacocks may reflect my northern Wisconsin upbringing, but they were pretty impressive. And free roaming. My husband absolutely nixed the idea of peacocks on our 1/7 of an acre.
We were there right as the rhododendrons were blooming- what variety! Enormous old specimens in every color.
There were, of course, beautiful herbaceous borders as well- including these delightful poppies that I adore.
If you can spare the time on your next trip to London, you should definitely visit… it’s easily accessible by tube and worth the price of admission. My husband would recommend visiting the gift shop at the END, rather than the beginning- that orchid pot was very heavy.