Hello, Kew

I visited Kew Gardens for the first time in 2013, just as summer was leaving. I was blown away by its beautiful grounds and I have wanted to go back ever since, especially when it was more autumnal. So, once it hit mid-October, I bought a ticket to one of my favourite places in London.

Autumn is also my favourite season. It’s normally a time of happiness and excitement at the prospect of all the fun things to do (and eat and drink…). Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a great one for me this time, but I’m glad I got to go back and experience this beautiful retreat once again. 2016 has not been a forgiving year. With one thing after another – both globally and personally – it’s been tough. But wandering slowly through the botanical garden’s glorious fiery trees, colourful flowers and secret pathways gave me a chance to focus on myself and forget about everything else, even if just for a few hours.

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The Hive

The Hive

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9 thoughts on “Hello, Kew

  1. I haven’t been to Kew Gardens in over a year but it is the sort of place that is great regardless of season. This year I’ve heard they’re doing lit up night walks through the gardens which is something I’m thinking of doing if I can my lot organised onto having the same night free. Great post!

  2. I love autumn too, the New Forest is beautiful this time of year.

  3. It looks so beautiful and I heard so much about them! But I don’t despair, one day I will go with baby girl, I am sure in a couple of years she will be amazed

  4. These are gorgeous photos, Stacey! So glad you had an opportunity to visit the gardens in the fall. I wish there was a place nearby I could go to escape the negativity of 2016. This looks like a little spot of paradise :)

    Sending you love, warmth, and lots of cocoa <3

  5. Love Kew Gardens so much, definitely getting myself out there before it gets too cold for me. It’s so peaceful, I love to wander around there and just think about life

  6. ‘Retreat’ is exactly the right word for Kew Gardens – it has this completely safe, calming, yet magical quality. Kind of like walking around in a book, in fact! I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a tough year – I hope the new one treats you kindly xx

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