Orchids are one of my favourite flowers, and with over twenty-six thousand species, the variety of shapes and colours they come in are staggering. While you might not ever get round to seeing them all, over the next four weeks, you will be able to tick a good number off the list as Kew Gardens is holding an Orchid month between the 9th - 3rd March in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Escape the winter blues with a burst of colour and admire these beautiful and exotic plants from Central America.
Orchids will take you through archways of ornate flowers, pillars of stunning floral displays, and present you with the opportunity to see Kew's water-borne centre piece, featuring a tribute to the mighty Victoria amazonica, a giant waterlily found on the Amazon river. Admission to the garden is £14.50 for adults or £12.50 for concessions. Under 16s go free.
Between the 14th - 28th February there is also the chance to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the orchid nursery. The £5 tours take place at 1.30pm and 2pm, but for £15 you can request an extended session, in which the gardeners will give you tips on how to pot and for your own orchids. To book call 0208 332 5604.
For a more in-depth experience, you can book the 'Orchids for Beginners' course. For £50 or £45 concessions, you will learn how to grow and care for orchids, with hands-on practical advice. The class takes place on the 20th February between 10.30am 3.30pm.