Today was the first official day of the month long festival and there was a sizeable queue waiting for the gates to open at 10.
I kept the wider angle on for the first few minutes to get a good idea of the overall display for you..
It is lit up, as Kew are offering after hours night visits (not planning on taking advantage of one)
finally made my way back outside...
bit greyer than when I went in!
no wonder so many geese and gulls are hanging around..
found some yellow crocus on the raised bank under the Hive
then went in to see the photographs from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, which is always on at the same time as the Orchids.
Didn't take any pics as wasn't sure of the copyright rules, but there were some stunners (you can google them, and the BBC website had a feature on the winners too
Hope you've enjoyed this mammoth blog post, full of colour - we'll go again soon though!