The Kew Garden Orchid Festival, an early spring pick-me-up!
Kew Gardens is worth a visit any time of year, but especially mid-February to mid-March, when every year, the Princess of Wales Conservatory is redecorated with thousands of orchids.
|Kew Garden's "Orchids: Celebrate the color of Columbia" poster in the tube station|
This year, the theme is Columbia. Over 6,000 orchids were brought into the conservatory, and its five temperature zones were transformed into diverse aspects of Columbia's landscape.
|Princess of Wales Conservatory--five temperate zones|
The central feature is a carnival of animals, including this hanging sloth, created from an elaborate tropical plant arrangement. Also showcased is a swimming turtle, a donkey bearing coffee bags, and a recreation of Columbia's Cano Cristales river, complete with a life sized jaguar. Let's look at some of the beautiful displays of the orchid festival:
|sloth hanging over pond|
|giant toucan flying over pond|
Kew Gardens is open daily from 10:30 until 4pm, with special Thursday and Friday late tickets available until 7:30pm. During the evening openings, you can expect live music, food and drink. Cost is £16.50 for entry, advance tickets are recommended, unless you have a Kew membership, in which case you can attend anytime.
|towers of orchids soar to the sky|
Here are some of the photos I took of some of the beautiful orchid and tropical plant species: