This week we visited the Palm House at Kew Gardens for a little meet up and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect location for a bright sunny (albeit cold) day in London. This place is one of our absolute top spots for getting inspired for some new designs and sketches. After spending even a short amount of time in this place its easy to forget you’re in London in December and you start to feel like you’re in a tropical jungle paradise a world away from home. Once you’re in Kew Gardens you also have free roam of the rest of the grounds including the beautiful cactus room – another top pick for a spot of drawing. Even if you’re not in need for some inspiration for your next botanical work of art its still worth a walk around for a perfect chill out afternoon and a chance to top up your Instagram with some super cool shots.
Yesterday evening we were lucky enough to attend of of Kew Gardens exclusive ‘Orchid Lates’ which enabled the public to admire their Orchid Festival in an atmospheric dark setting.
Though the night was chilly, the winter blues were washed away once we stepped inside the tropical greenhouse. We were greeted with delectable delights such as botanical cocktails and a trio of exotic Brazilian desserts whilst samba drums echoed in the distance.
There was lots to do including floral headband workshops, talks and face painting as well as musicians performing and hourly samba dance lessons – the carnival vibe really emanated across the entire venue.
As foliage fans, our favourite bit had to be the section where orchids were suspended from the ceiling and the roots wildly hung at different levels in an array of colour. This was also right beside a display of flora assembled like carnival costumes which were floating in a shallow pool with giant catfish circling in the cool water.
It truly was a beautiful evening and the night time made it even more magical. We would definitely go back – even just to sit and admire the luscious foliage without all the added extra bits!