You may have a magnificent garden of your own but there is nothing quite like wandering amid the glasshouses, walled gardens and larger wooded areas of botanic gardens around the United Kingdom. Usually you can see a wide range of plants from all over the world, a little more exotic than those growing behind your house.
Step into Kew Gardens in London and you will feel almost as if the megacity outside no longer exists. Enhance your knowledge and find inspiration as you explore – you may be considering landscaping your own masterpiece, creating a rockery, adding a water feature, or simply planting something new. Kew does all of this on a larger scale but it might be that you have been stuck for ideas for a while and just need that push in the right direction.
Shopping is a great way to complete your visit. In the Victoria Plaza Shop you can buy decorative objects for your garden, as well as beautiful plants to brighten up those flowerbeds. And if you buy at the garden, you can be safe in the knowledge that a contribution will be made to the conservational efforts at Kew – an important local and world resource.
Serious gardeners should consider taking a course or attending some of the talks taking place at Kew throughout the year. Whether you need to know how to maintain your lawn better, or if your interest is plants from other countries, there is plenty of choice. You could even apply for an internship in horticulture for several months or sign up for a diploma or apprenticeship if you are seriously looking for a career relating to your love of gardens.
In 2003 Kew’s importance was recognised by UNESCO and it was designated a World Heritage Site. Today you can see how the garden has blossomed into a truly magical place and evolved into a place for all to enjoy.
No easy access to London? No problem, because there are botanical gardens just about everywhere.
What’s your favorite botanical garden? Leave a comment and let us know.
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