Friday Fix: Kew Gardens (part 1).

This is the seventeenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...

Giant water lilies, Kew gardens, London, England


London's Kew Gardens, a vast complex of Victorian green houses, elegant architecture and global botanical gardens, is so extensive I can't do it justice in one Friday Fix. Holding the World's largest collection of living plants, there are many species, like these giant water-lilies that I could never hope to come across in the wild.


Rose, Kew gardens, London, England


More than just a tourist attraction, Kew is a vital resource in the attempt to repair some of our damaged ecosystem. Providing a base for scientific research, it holds a herbarium of around seven-million species of preserved plants and one of the World's largest botanical libraries full of books, illustrations and maps (I would love to explore them!).

More recently, their Millennium Seed Bank project aims to collect threatened species and conserve them as an insurance for the future. If that doesn't persuade you to cough up the entry fee nothing will.


Kew gardens, London, England
Palm house, Victorian green house, spiral stair case, Kew gardens, London, England
Fushia, Kew gardens, London, England

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