If you’ve read how I became an plant-obsessed maniac, you might recall I live dangerously close to Kew Gardens. I have deliberately not become a member because I fear I will end up living there and eventually switching my profession. There’s nothing wrong with switching to gardening of course (infact, that’s my dream profession) but given I am a medic who enjoys that job too, I want to keep gardening as my ultimate get away (for now, she says).
A little about Kew Gardens (in the words of a crazy-about-plants-woman):
For those of my visitors who aren’t aware of Kew Gardens and why I seem somewhat enchanted by them, let me tell you this: Kew Gardens are to horticulture what Harvard is to law and business studies, or what John Hopkins is to medical school. Now, those comparisons may make sense to me since I associate those names with mentioned disciplines with the highest regard and not to everyone else.. But you probably get the picture by now. Kew Gardens have held a crucial part in gardening and horticulture. They continue to contribute to research and new discoveries in the gardening world.
Kew Gardens has a sister site at Wakehurst,sussex. Wikipideia has more information whereas the official website is here, if you’re looking for more information. With over 50,000 live plants, various exhibitions throughout the year including the ever-famous Christmas at Kew, this is a must-see.
One of our friends gave us a family ticket to Christmas at Kew Gardens, a gorgeous yearly display of lights and music throughout the grounds of interspersed food stalls. Obviously, we had to go and now I’m finding it hard to not become a member.
I’ve taken as many photos as possible to take you through the amazing displays. Tickets to Kew Gardens sell out fast so for next year, make sure you buy them as soon as they’re advertised/>8 weeks prior to Christmas. I was off during Christmas for the first time in 5 years so I thoroughly relished this time, thus the late post.
Christmas at Kew Gardens (2019) – Overall layout
Tickets are generally sold for variable starting times but you can stay in till the end of the displays, which is usually till 2200 pm. When you enter, you will pass through an area of stalls with hot drinks, food, and alcohol after which the trail starts through Kew Gardens. You will be greeted by various light displays with our without music. There will be almost regularly spaced toilets and small food and drink stalls. A little before the end of the trail, there is a restaurant if you’re looking for a proper meal. The occasional stalls offer the direly needed hot coffee or hot chocolate, sweets for the kids, some fast food, etc.
Advice before you visit Kew Gardens for the Christmas at Kew Displays:
Make sure you wrap up and wear comfortable shoes. Take a few snacks from home for the kids since most stalls did not have healthy choices (in my opinion) with food varying from loaded fries to doughnuts and sweets. In addition, food is on the expensive side so if you don’t mind bringing your own sandwiches, it’s not entirely a bad idea.
Christmas at Kew 2019 – Tour through Kew Gardens with photos:
As soon as you enter, passing through the food stalls, you’re greeted by a gorgeous arch that displays welcome text. The number of people taking photos here was phenomenal and my four-year-old got mega impatient. Sadly, I couldn’t take a photo here but there’s plenty of everything else. Without further ado, let’s begin a walk through the trail at the gorgeous Kew Gardens:
It seems like the above visit would be done in a few minutes but we spent 3-4 hours, walking around, taking photos and stopping to eat. Lovely visit overall, thank you Kew!