Thursday, June 09, 2005

Kew - inspirational!

Yes, we were at Kew last weekend this was my first visit this year and, as usual, it didn’t disappoint! We timed the day very well. Just as we were enjoying cake and tea from the cafeteria (ah, you can’t appreciate Kew on an empty stomach!) we were approached by Bill enquiring whether we would like to join him for a guided tour around the grounds – whilst taking in the Dale Chihuly exhibition currently on show. Would we mind? No, not at all Bill! Over our two hour tour we learnt a lot about Bill and the Royal Botanic Gardens…

In true Irish style Bill regaled us with stories from his life and the Gardens. It was a privilege to have had such an enthusiastic guide, so passionate about the work Kew is involved in. We learnt about the academic, investigative and conservation work that Kew is committed to. The history of the Gardens is pretty interesting too! For instance the Princess of Wales conservatory is not named after Princess Diana but, Augusta, Princess of Wales who establish a Botanical Garden on a 9 acre plot back in 1751.

I highly recommend a trip to west London for a lovely day out… and see if you can catch Bill!


Blogger Zeppara said...

Have you ever seen Asparagus this BIG
They grow up to 15in long and 2in wide.
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