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Sensational Kew Gardens with Chihuly glass exhibition

The Temperate House; Kew Gardens has an incredibly popular Children's Garden which is really a summer playground where kids are allowed to play for 90 minutes (there was a waiting line to get in!)

The Temperate House; Kew Gardens has an incredibly popular Children's Garden which is really a summer playground where kids are allowed to play for 90 minutes (there was a waiting line to get in!)

When the 19th century London Bridge made the jump over to Arizona, not all of it was needed; around 200 granite blocks didn't make the trip, so the building company that demolished the bridge offered them to Kew Gardens where they now line the big lake

When the 19th century London Bridge made the jump over to Arizona, not all of it was needed; around 200 granite blocks didn't make the trip, so the building company that demolished the bridge offered them to Kew Gardens where they now line the big lake

The Princess of Wales Conservatory was opened in 1987 by Diana, Princess of Wales, although the building is actually named for Augusta, Princess of Wales, who lived in the mid 1800s

The Princess of Wales Conservatory was opened in 1987 by Diana, Princess of Wales, although the building is actually named for Augusta, Princess of Wales, who lived in the mid 1800s

Twin spined cactus, Mexico; the Princess of Wales conservatory has 10 different climate zones under one roof; there are two major climates that take up the majority of the building: dry tropics and wet tropics

Twin spined cactus, Mexico; the Princess of Wales conservatory has 10 different climate zones under one roof; there are two major climates that take up the majority of the building: dry tropics and wet tropics

Self-peeling banana, also know as hairy banana and pink banana, NE India

Self-peeling banana, also know as hairy banana and pink banana, NE India

Summer sun, Chihuly, 2010; had we not had our London Passes, admission to Kew Gardens would have been close to $25 each

Summer sun, Chihuly, 2010; had we not had our London Passes, admission to Kew Gardens would have been close to $25 each

Looking up through the Hive, a multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the extraordinary life of bees; the Hive stands 17 meters tall and opened in 2016

Looking up through the Hive, a multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the extraordinary life of bees; the Hive stands 17 meters tall and opened in 2016

Oriental plane tree, 1762; one of Kew's oldest trees with some thinking it may have been planted as far back as the 1600s

Oriental plane tree, 1762; one of Kew's oldest trees with some thinking it may have been planted as far back as the 1600s

Kew Gardens also has a wild botanic garden in Sussex called Wakehurst; it has 500  acres and the world's largest wild seed conservation project

Kew Gardens also has a wild botanic garden in Sussex called Wakehurst; it has 500+ acres and the world's largest wild seed conservation project

The Orangery, completed in 1761, was found to be too dark for its intended purpose of growing citrus plants so they were moved out in 1841; it now serves as a restaurant

The Orangery, completed in 1761, was found to be too dark for its intended purpose of growing citrus plants so they were moved out in 1841; it now serves as a restaurant

Kew Palace, built in 1631, is the smallest of the British royal palaces; in July 1818 two royal weddings took place on the same day at the palace

Kew Palace, built in 1631, is the smallest of the British royal palaces; in July 1818 two royal weddings took place on the same day at the palace

Portable toilet in Kew Palace, 1810; these convenient rooms were fitted out with carpet but the commodes still had to be emptied by servants

Portable toilet in Kew Palace, 1810; these convenient rooms were fitted out with carpet but the commodes still had to be emptied by servants

Queen's Garden at Kew Palace; Sir David Attenborough buried a time capsule in the foundation of the Princess of Wales Conservatory in 1985, during the glasshouse’s construction which will be opened in 2085

Queen's Garden at Kew Palace; Sir David Attenborough buried a time capsule in the foundation of the Princess of Wales Conservatory in 1985, during the glasshouse’s construction which will be opened in 2085

Cattails and copper birch reeds, Chihuly, 2015; the gardens have their own police force, Kew Constabulary, which has been in operation since 1847

Cattails and copper birch reeds, Chihuly, 2015; the gardens have their own police force, Kew Constabulary, which has been in operation since 1847

King protea, South Africa; a canopy walkway was added to Kew Gardens in 2008 which takes visitors on a 200m walk 18m above the ground

King protea, South Africa; a canopy walkway was added to Kew Gardens in 2008 which takes visitors on a 200m walk 18m above the ground

Turquoise marlins and floats, Chihuly, 2015; Kew Gardens has more than 300 acres and receives 1.4  million visitors a year

Turquoise marlins and floats, Chihuly, 2015; Kew Gardens has more than 300 acres and receives 1.4+ million visitors a year

The Temperate House is the world's largest surviving Victorian glass structure and it houses more than 1500 rare and threatened species from around the world

The Temperate House is the world's largest surviving Victorian glass structure and it houses more than 1500 rare and threatened species from around the world

Kahili ginger, Nepal; Kew Gardens houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world

Kahili ginger, Nepal; Kew Gardens houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world

Red reeds, Chihuly, 2016; the world's most celebrated (and commercialized) glass artist exhibits pieces at Kew Gardens never seen before in the UK

Red reeds, Chihuly, 2016; the world's most celebrated (and commercialized) glass artist exhibits pieces at Kew Gardens never seen before in the UK

Luna red hibiscus; the Library, Art and Archives at Kew has one of the world's largest botanical collections, with over half a million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals and map

Luna red hibiscus; the Library, Art and Archives at Kew has one of the world's largest botanical collections, with over half a million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals and map

Chartreuse hornet polyvitro chandelier, Chihuly, 2001; you can travel by boat from London to Kew Gardens but it takes several hours

Chartreuse hornet polyvitro chandelier, Chihuly, 2001; you can travel by boat from London to Kew Gardens but it takes several hours

Blaze of Glory rhododendron; all azaleas are rhododendrons but not all rhododendrons are azaleas

Blaze of Glory rhododendron; all azaleas are rhododendrons but not all rhododendrons are azaleas

Persian column, Chihuly, 2019; Kew has one of the largest compost heaps in Europe, made from green and woody waste from the gardens and the manure from the stables of the Household Cavalry

Persian column, Chihuly, 2019; Kew has one of the largest compost heaps in Europe, made from green and woody waste from the gardens and the manure from the stables of the Household Cavalry

Kew Gardens appears several times in James Bond books including On her Majesty's Secret Service and You Only Live Twice in which the villain has a garden filled with deadly poisonous plants where people travel to commit suicide

Kew Gardens appears several times in James Bond books including On her Majesty's Secret Service and You Only Live Twice in which the villain has a garden filled with deadly poisonous plants where people travel to commit suicide

Scarlet and yellow icicle tower, Chihuly; the Kew Herbarium is one of the largest in the world with approximately 7 million specimens used primarily for taxonomic study

Scarlet and yellow icicle tower, Chihuly; the Kew Herbarium is one of the largest in the world with approximately 7 million specimens used primarily for taxonomic study

The Palm House, completed in 1848, was the first large-scale structural use of wrought iron; it is considered the world's most important surviving Victorian glass (all of the panes were hand blown) and iron structure

The Palm House, completed in 1848, was the first large-scale structural use of wrought iron; it is considered the world's most important surviving Victorian glass (all of the panes were hand blown) and iron structure

Newdymium reed and turquoise marlins, Chihuly, 2019; in the background is King William's Temple, built in 1837, which has a series of cast-iron panels set in the inside walls commemorating British military victories

Newdymium reed and turquoise marlins, Chihuly, 2019; in the background is King William's Temple, built in 1837, which has a series of cast-iron panels set in the inside walls commemorating British military victories

Victoria amazonica, the world's largest water lily; the world's smallest water-lily, Nymphaea thermarum, was saved from extinction when it was grown from seed at Kew, in 2009

Victoria amazonica, the world's largest water lily; the world's smallest water-lily, Nymphaea thermarum, was saved from extinction when it was grown from seed at Kew, in 2009

Paintbrushes, Chihuly, 2016; Kew Gardens station, which sits between Richmond and Gunnersbury on the District and Overground lines, is the only stop on the London Underground network with a pub attached

Paintbrushes, Chihuly, 2016; Kew Gardens station, which sits between Richmond and Gunnersbury on the District and Overground lines, is the only stop on the London Underground network with a pub attached

Alpine House; this space shows only 200 plants at a time from Kew's collection of more than 7000 alpine plants (species that grow above the tree line)

Alpine House; this space shows only 200 plants at a time from Kew's collection of more than 7000 alpine plants (species that grow above the tree line)

Kew has a connection to the infamous mutiny on HMS Bounty in 1789;  two Kew gardeners were on board the ship as it set sail for Tahiti to collect breadfruit plants but when the crew returned to sea there was a mutiny against the ship’s captain

Kew has a connection to the infamous mutiny on HMS Bounty in 1789; two Kew gardeners were on board the ship as it set sail for Tahiti to collect breadfruit plants but when the crew returned to sea there was a mutiny against the ship’s captain

Yellow herons and reeds, Chihuly, 2019; Kew Gardens was founded in 1840 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yellow herons and reeds, Chihuly, 2019; Kew Gardens was founded in 1840 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kew Gardens has more than 2500 species of orchids scattered across their different conservatories; critically endangered species from Montserrat and Southern India are grown at Kew

Kew Gardens has more than 2500 species of orchids scattered across their different conservatories; critically endangered species from Montserrat and Southern India are grown at Kew

I didn't expect to see huge eucalyptus trees outside of London; in SE Australia the trees can grow to heights exceeding 50 meters

I didn't expect to see huge eucalyptus trees outside of London; in SE Australia the trees can grow to heights exceeding 50 meters

Hebron vessels, Chihuly, 1999; access to Kew Gardens from London is easy since it is served by the District Line underground system as well as the North London Overland Line

Hebron vessels, Chihuly, 1999; access to Kew Gardens from London is easy since it is served by the District Line underground system as well as the North London Overland Line

Monkey puzzle, 1978; this type of tree has always been one of my favorites; it is the national tree of Chile and can live more than 1300 years

Monkey puzzle, 1978; this type of tree has always been one of my favorites; it is the national tree of Chile and can live more than 1300 years

The Hive is a lattice-work tower of aluminium, which uses sound and light to translate the real-time activity of bees on a scale we humans can see and hear, so it feels as if you’re in a giant hive

The Hive is a lattice-work tower of aluminium, which uses sound and light to translate the real-time activity of bees on a scale we humans can see and hear, so it feels as if you’re in a giant hive

Pitcher plant, Philippines; from August 15 to October 26 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Kew will host Chihuly nights from 7:30-10:30 pm

Pitcher plant, Philippines; from August 15 to October 26 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Kew will host Chihuly nights from 7:30-10:30 pm

Fiori Verdi, Chihuly, 2016; it was like deja vu after just seeing Chihuly pieces exhibited at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Fiori Verdi, Chihuly, 2016; it was like deja vu after just seeing Chihuly pieces exhibited at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Red hot pokers, South Africa; the flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees and hummingbirds

Red hot pokers, South Africa; the flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees and hummingbirds

Japanese pagoda tree, 1760; from 1792, exotic animals were kept in the paddock next to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage at Kew; the menagerie comprised colorful Tartarian pheasants and the first kangaroos to arrive in Britain

Japanese pagoda tree, 1760; from 1792, exotic animals were kept in the paddock next to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage at Kew; the menagerie comprised colorful Tartarian pheasants and the first kangaroos to arrive in Britain

I've heard of adopting animals but at Kew you can adopt a seed!; Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank holds over 36,000 wild plant species and you can adopt one of them as a gift for yourself or a loved one today for only $30

I've heard of adopting animals but at Kew you can adopt a seed!; Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank holds over 36,000 wild plant species and you can adopt one of them as a gift for yourself or a loved one today for only $30

Stone pine, 1846, Spain; stone pine nuts can be pressed to extract an oil that is packed with antioxidants

Stone pine, 1846, Spain; stone pine nuts can be pressed to extract an oil that is packed with antioxidants

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