Today is the day I (and everyone involved at Kew Gardens, no doubt) has been eagerly awaiting... the official re-opening of the restored Temperate House. The largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. Also, May sees the start of Kew's early opening (8am) for members, so it was an early start for me!
This is going to be a very photo heavy post (I took more than ever before on a single visit) so sit back and enjoy!
looking out at the POW in the distance
quick pitstop for a coffee; before deciding to head for the Temperate House to see how the tulips were faring in Cherry Walk leading up to the TH....
to my surprise, I saw that the doors to the Temperate House were already open - I had imagined it not to be opening till 10
anyhow let's see what it looks like!
as you know if you read my blog, the restoration has taken 5 years..
and every one of the 15000 panes of glass has been replaced.
400 staff and contractors have worked on it, and a staggering 5,280 litres of paint used...
lets head up the stairs now...
each square features a different region
I headed away..
past loads of wildflowers
wasn't sure if this was sap dripping, or they'd used some kind of glue over a cut off branch, high up a tree
there was a branch lower down that had been cut, that was sticky to the touch, but didn't have this dripping going on...
they haven't quite finished the landscaping round the back, as you see!
well done for staying this far,
I can't believe I've pruned over 440 photos into just these "few"