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Date: 22nd February 2016

Am almost ashamed to admit that I've never visited Kew Gardens -  my loss.

Had an absolutely lovely day there last week. Despite the forecast for snow, the day was relatively mild and sunny and a good day for much walking.

I wanted to go because they had an Orchid Exhibition and I love Orchids.  The Exhibition was superb although a trifle difficult to follow - and I'm not yet sure if I missed anything because there were several different sections up steps/down steps and behind sliding glass doors.

I entered one section and was hit by the wonderful perfume of Miltonia Orchids or Pansy Orchids to give them their common name.  They look like pansies and give off a pansy scent.  Not all the varieties have the scent and they aren't often on sale.  I have bought them at Wisley but have never been able to get them to reflower - although I've had much success with the more common phaleonopsis orchids.

The only element I disliked was the large display of brightly coloured Pampas Grasses surrounding cutout one dimensional figures.  I know the exhibition was celebrating the orchids of Brazil and the Grasses were the colours of the Brazilian flag but that one section sounded a discordant note (for me) amidst the wonder and beauty of the orchids.

We also saw a 3ft long green lizard lazing on a rock.

I don't believe that one can ever 'take in' everything in a place like Kew or Wisley and it is better to absorb a few of the sights and leave others for a return visit.

My friend and I had a long walk around the grounds - did the TreeTop Walk and came across an almost tame fox.  We'd been walking for over 3 hours and after the 108 steps up to the Tree Walk it was time to call it a day.  I just wish the journey were not so lengthy or I would be returning to Kew more frequently - even Wisley is nearly 2 hours from where I live. To get to Kew I'd either have a lengthy drive around the dreaded M25 or a train to London and a long tube journey out to Kew.

A Miltonia which was giving off the most beautiful perfume.


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