Kew Gardens in Autumn
As Daylight hours shorten,it is nice to get outside and see the leaves change colours before the landscape changes as winter approaches.
Kew Gardens were setting up their Winter experience in the gardens as we were walking around, a lot of preparation and treats are planned for Christmas at Kew.
The first thing you notice is a lot more lights are being placed around which will illuminate trees, buildings and pathways.
The crisp Autumn morning air, the quietness as we walked along the pathway that had these fabulous suspended Glitterballs from the yellow leave trees. The confetti of leaves enchanting.
The water by the Sackler crossing bridge was stunning with the Christmas decorations floating, which will light up in the dark. They looked like stars or little paper folded boats.
A lot of interesting birds to spot, one could make a whole post of the birds you can see at Kew Gardens.
This is 200 meters long and 18 meters above ground.
There are a set of steps, approx 118 to walk up to the high rise platform, and a lift although the lift was not working on one of our visits check the website or contact in advance. 6 people can go in the lift. Prams have to stay on the ground. Children must be supervised and we would not suggest running or causing impacts it is not a climbing frame or playground feature.
Also in bad stormy weather, the TreeTop walkway may not be open to visitors, check the website. Although it is not that high, some may feel the minor sway of the walkway because it was designed to flow and flex with the trees so as to not damage them.
People with challenges around heights, slight movement, balance issues, dizzy spells, vertigo.
We mention this in case this sensation is not suitable for you. The only good thing about the progressive stairs is that people can try the incline and turn back when it is too much. Rather than taking a lift straight to the top. The view even from managing to reach part way up the stairs is an option. We know even some images of heights or Tv can affect people or look up at heigh items. Also, some people can be fine on a mountain but feel unease on a boat or bridge everyone is different. We give a photo of the view looking up at the structure, and down, from TreeTop Walkway further down, next 4 images.
The layout of the walkway is inspired by the natural patterns found in nature known as the Fibonacci sequence, if you took a bird’s eye view of the ring circuit it would blend in with natures structures.
Here is an image looking up at the structure, organic and somewhat futuristic.
View from TreeTop Walkway looking down on the Temperate House below
Kew Palace closed for the winter
Stunning red-orange brickwork matching the foliage of the trees and almost camouflaged by it. This is closed during the winter but normally open to visitors as part of the entry cost.
Beautiful yellow leaves ginkgo trees almost like a confetti of cornflakes
Bigger than it looks giant domed Toadstool
The Great Pagoda completed in 1762
Closed for the Winter reopens April, but this provides a mystical oriental presence to the vista space. The Chinese build their Pagoda’s with an uneven amount of floors. Kew’s Pagoda has 10 floors and is in the shape of an octagon. Approximately 50 meters tall, and some 30cm slightly smaller on each level so it gets smaller towards the top by graduation. Garden Follies ornaments that borrow styles from other parts of history or cultures especially oriental, were very popular in the past. This was a gift to Princess Augusta, who was the main force behind opening Kew Gardens to the public.
Paper Bark Maple – Acer griseum. Creates a circular blanket of confetti that was beautiful
Commemorative Benches were grown from a Battlefield Acorn
To celebrate World War 1 ending this year as a centenary, Kew has made use of a tree that was part of a battlefield. The Acorn from a sessile Oak Quercus petraea from the battlefield in France of Verdun was collected. This was planted in Kew Gardens in 1919 by the Palm House, in the hope to become a fine tree. It Grew for 100 years, till destroyed by a storm in October 2013, “St Jude’s Day Storm.” The head of the Tree Arboretum Tony Kirkham pushed the concept of using the wood to make outdoor bench commemorative items. The website shows a different type of bench but suggests more will be made.
The one we saw this autumn was a new addition in a medieval enchanted forest shape.