The whole of the gardens house the world’s largest collection of living plants. They are are more than 30,000 kinds of living plants. Be still my beating heart. And while it has amazing gardens, at it’s heart, it is dedicated to preserving and studying all horticulture. There’s about a million ways to experience it, from tours to classes.
The Orangery, originally designed to be a greenhouse, now functions as a cafe/restaurant. In it’s prime, it was the largest glasshouse in England. In true British fashion, it overlooks the perfectly landscaped grounds. The menu changes daily and time around we enjoyed tea and cupcakes.
And let’s not forget about the gift shop. There is everything from Burgon and Ball enamelware, garden books and tools plus a nice selection of potted plants both inside and outside the gift shop.
Hands down Kew Gardens is one of my favorite stops in England.
How about YOU? Do you have a favorite place in the world? What is it?