I had the joy of visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the first day of this year.. thank you Kew, for the free ‘twelve days of Christmas’ ticket giveaways.. very much appreciated!

We headed straight towards the Palm House, couldn’t wait to get inside.. the atmosphere was humid, warm and utterly delightful. We climbed the spiral staircase and walked up around the canopies of the palms, it was wonderful to see the plants from high up. Being up in amongst their leaves, up close to their seeds and flowers, that couldn’t be seen from the ground.

I am in awe of the size of the green stems and trunks of some of these ferns, totally beautiful and overwhelming.. we wondered if the Palms were as old at the Palm House. The specimen of the cycad Encephalartos altensteinii was brought to Kew from South Africa in 1775 by Francis Masson.

The Palm House was designed by Decimus Burton and expertly engineered by Richard Turner, it was constructed between 1844 and 1848, at the time, this was the largest greenhouse in the world at 363ft long, 100ft wide and 66ft high.

Here are some photos of our visit, I hope you like them. 

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme for your garden or a bespoke Dingly Dell, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening development enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.