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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published June 22nd 2017
The most beautiful park

The real name of Kew Gardens is "The Royal Botanic Gardens". There is no doubt, this place is royal and surely one of the most beautiful parks in the world.

Founded in 1759, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kew Gardens has been open to the public since 1840. Its origins go back even to 1500, when there was a large field and a home: Kew Park House. Here we are allowed to climb the trees. As you spend your day here, you can also plan a picnic to eat on the grass. We stroll, we observe the flora, we regale.

These gardens have, for example, one of the largest herbaria in the world. They collaborate with Harvard University and the Australian National Herbarium to contribute to the database of the International Plant Names Index. Of the staff employed, 650 are allocated to scientists. Here is the richest collection of plants in the world, with its 121 hectares.

Palm Houses, the palm greenhouse is beautiful. There are perennials, a wide variety of tropical trees and, of course, palm trees. In this greenhouse, you will find the oldest potted plant. A cycas that dates from the creation of the gardens. With the "Tree Top Walk", you can take a walk in the treetops. You climb the steps or you take the elevator. From there, you can still see a "Temperate House" greenhouse. You can also see the "Victoria Cruziana", the giant water lilies from South America in the warmest and wettest greenhouse in the Waterlily House.

The price is quite high but you get what you pay for. It's free for children and accessible with the London Pass.
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Where: Richmond TW9 3AB, Royaume-Uni
Cost: Online adult price 15.50* / 14 Online child price (416) 2.50 Children under 4 free ​Online concessions 14.50* / 13
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