Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

I will take any opportunity to surround myself with beautiful flowers; so when Kew Gardens invited us to visit their new Orchid Festival display I jumped at the chance!

Inspired by the traditions and influences of Thailand, the display spans throughout the whole of the Prince of Wales Conservatory. You begin your journey amongst exhibits inspired by rural Thailand walking through orchid laden trees and rice paddies. Followed by the final room which is the most extravagant. Orchid covered pillars surround an amazing Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace which floats in the middle of the last room of the conservatory.

Nick Johnson (pictured above) is the glasshouses manager and festival creator. He very kindly gave us a tour through each of the different parts of the greenhouse. It was so nice to see the amount of time, passion and research that himself and the team of multiple volunteers had put into creating the display.

I would definitely recommend taking a photo of the beautifully colourful Vanda orchid tunnel, it’s three arches covered with the famous orchid which can photosynthesise through it’s roots. They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Also definitely keep an eye out for the Thai market boat and floating umbrellas too.

The display is on until the 11th March with after hours evenings on the 15th,16th, 22nd and 23rd of February and 1st and 2nd of March; where the whole display is lit to give the vibrant colours and designs a completely new life. If you want to find out more about the activities that will be going on around the display and tickets prices, take a look on the Kew Website here.