© Nita Joy Designs
I visited Kew Gardens many years ago and it has been on my list of must see gardens to visit this year.
As spring is well and truly here, this is a great opportunity to visit this beautiful large garden to admire the spring bulbs, cherry blossom and magnolias.
I visited the 300 acre gardens last week, with my husband, best friend and her children, and had a fabulous day.
If you visit before the 31st April you can join a free guided walk – The darling buds of April to get the most from your visit. Pick up a guide and / or map when you enter the gardens as you will need this.
For children they have a special play area to help run off some steam, but the gardens are so large that there is plenty of space to run around in.
The children enjoyed looking at all the flowers, leaves and also the exquisite peacock!
My husband loved seeing the gardens, but particularly enjoyed the roast pork and apple roll for lunch!
There is plenty to see and do on a day visit, but in order to get the most out of your trip to the gardens, it’s best seen over a few days. It’s definitely a garden to see in each season, to truly benefit from their planting schemes.
I really wanted to visit the Treetop walk but unfortunately the lift wasn’t working, but hoping to visit another time as this looks wonderful.
One of the favourite parts of my daytrip was seeing the wonderful fritillary area which can be seen on the Princess walk. This area is fenced off to protect these wonderful delicate flowers, but you can still get a great view of them, as seen in our video clip.
You can also see these flowers alongside the river walk.
The Japanese Garden was a favourite of mine on a previous visit and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed this time. It’s a very peaceful area, with very thoughtful planting, a place to sit and contemplate.
Many of the specialist daffodils have finished for this year, but there is a wonderful area next to the palm house, full with narcissus, tulips etc… don’t miss this!
Due to the wide variety of planting you can see beautiful plants and be up close and personal with nature, keep an eye out for the parakeets! While we were there we had a wonderful sighting of a green woodpecker.
Because the gardens are so large, I wasn’t able to visit the Palm House, Temperate House or Princess of Wales Conservatory , as I was focussing on spring colour. I hope to visit again soon so that I can see the areas missed.
The Temperate House is in need of funds to restore the beautiful building. If you would like to make a donation please visit -The Temperate House appeal
Kew Gardens Millennium Seed Bank also run an adopt a seed programme, helping to preserve and keep seeds that are becoming rarer. We can make a difference in raising funds for this very important inititive. If you would like to know more about their work please visit – Adopt a seed, save a species website
Have you visited Kew Gardens? What are your favourite areas?
Kew Gardens has a very helpful website to help you plan your visit.
If you have a disability / mobility issues, they have a fantastic service where you can hire an electric mobility scooter, which is free, but a donation would help keep this service available. The paths around the gardens are smooth and wide, so using a wheelchair should present no problems.
For more details – Kew Gardens visitor information
To help plan your visit:
Kew Gardens have an interactive map – Explore Kew , to help you decide which areas to concentrate on.
Parking is limited, so travelling by public transport is a good idea, especially in busy holiday times.
Video taken by Matt Hunt
The Flowering Cherry Blossom Tree is also known as Sukura in Japan.
Today we will be looking at the flowering cherry tree blossom.
I have been enjoying the blossom slowly coming into flower, throughout Dorset. The roads always look so much nicer with cherry trees dotted around. I even notice pedestrians stopping and admiring their beauty, with a smile on their faces! Oh I love Spring, don’t you?
The cherry tree typically flowers in April-May.
Tree blossom is just stunning! I love the beauty of cherry and apple tree blossom.
There are over 200 varieties of cherry trees growing in Asia, North America and Europe.
The cherry tree belongs to the rosaceae family.
If you need help in identifying a cherry tree, the Natural History Museum have a useful Cherry tree identification guide
In Japan the cherry tree blossom is associated with good fortune and a symbol of love. It is also the unofficial flower for Japan. They hold special cherry tree parties (Hanami) when they are in flower. They also have a special cherry tree festival with tea ceremonies and so on.
This is on my list of special things Iwould love to see. I would absolutely love to see the cherry tree parties and tea ceremonies, enjoying the thousands of cherry trees in blossom!
In America, Washing DC, they have a national cherry tree festival.
This is to celebrate spring and to honour the cherry tree gifts that were given to them from Japan in 1912.
I have hade the privilege of visiting Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which holds the national collection of cherry trees.
If you have a small garden, there are smaller varieties of the flowering cherry trees, growing to around 2 meters in height.
The Prunus Triloba a double flowering almond cherry tree has beautiful flowers
I also love the Prunus Shizuka – fragrant cloud Japanese flowering cherry tree
Not only are the flowers beautiful, but some varieties have wonderful autumn colour.
To choose a suitable place to plant your flowering cherry tree, consider an area that receives a lot of sunshine, fairly protected and that has well drained, deep soil. It’s advisable not to plant a tree, where there was previously a tree with a disease. Take into account the expected height of growth of your tree, before you plant it. Some cherry trees require a pollinator, so check the details before you buy one.
The RHS have a guide to show you how to prune your trees.
The Cherry tree is susceptible to black fly, here’s some advice from the RHS.
The RHS have a Cherry Tree Fund as part of their ‘remember a loved one’ fund
Suggestions of where to buy cherry trees
The Ornamental Tree Nursery has some nice small trees
Trees online has some lovely varieties
Gardens to see Cherry tree blossom
Exbury Gardens in Hampshire
Hiller Gardens in Hampshire
Hergest Croft Garden in Herefordshire has a wonderful collection
Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall
Dudmaston Estate in Shropshire
The blossom trail at the Vale of Evesham has some 40 miles ablaze with cherry, apple and plum blossom from mid March- mid May
Many woodland gardens will have this pretty tree in their collection and can often be found growing in church yards.
So get out there and enjoy the lovely blossom!
Update: The National History Museum are running a Cherry Tree survey, if you would like to add the details of where you have seen these beautiful trees, please visit -