Friday Fix: Kew Gardens (part 2).

This is the eighteenth 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...

Henry Moore exhibition, Kew Gardens, 2007
Part of the Henry Moore exhibition, 2007

Kew's vast green houses are other worldly, but I found that nothing beats the open air peacefulness of finding a quiet spot to yourself amongst the endless grounds. My favourite time to visit is early Spring, before the Summer crowds arrive and late enough that the first flowers are emerging from the ground. It's even strangely peaceful in the rain if you've come prepared. 

The gardens stretch over 121 hectares (with a hectare being about the size of a sports field) so you could stroll all day without retracing your steps.


Back in 2007 I was lucky enough to visit Kew Gardens during Henry Moore's famous exhibition around the grounds. These bold, sweeping

structures complimented the landscaping with an ethereal twist. As they curved around their hollow spaces, creating windows into the garden, it's been suggested that their form was inspired by the landscape of Yorkshire where he grew up.

Son of a coal miner, Henry Moore became well-known through his smaller carved marble sculptures and large scale abstracts cast from bronze sculptures. The vast majority of his wealth has been invested into the Henry Moore Foundation, which promotes education in fine art. In a partnership between the foundation and Kew, one of his bronze sculptures Reclining Mother and Child remains on show today.

Kew gardens, London, England
peacock, Kew Gardens, London

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