Flora and Fauna

22 August 2011

kew gardens tickets

As much as I love to champion London, there are still some corners of the capital I rarely go to and only know of due to having the final destinations of various Tube lines in the back of my mind.  Kew Gardens is one of those places; I hadn't visited since I was a child and it's now very rare that I visit any green space without a landmark or shopping area in close proximity.  I was recently contacted by Frida who asked if I would like two tickets to see what one of the world's leading Botanic Gardens had to offer and dutifully brought my Mum and sister along for a family day out.

plant pots

greenhouse

pink and yellow flowers

south wing 1898

mum in sunglasses
Mum's designer sunglasses were a £2 bargain bought the previous day

kew gardens

kew palace

We all did an awful lot of walking around the grounds due to arriving at the slightly less grand Lion Gate but soon enough we were amongst the tropical plants in one of the palatial greenhouses.  It was nice to pretend for a moment that we were having a 'real' summer as opposed to this indecisive one  and to climb the grand spiral staircases inside to observe everything from above.  Due to running out of time, I could only admire just the exterior of Kew Palace from outside as we were too late for entry.  I would have loved to have seen the Georgian features and get snap happy inside, but alas it wasn't meant to be and I will have to make do with the website instead

kew gardens bag

cacti

pink flowers

vintage dress leather satchel

close up gold ring

Dress - Angels Sale
Hat - Yard Sale
Satchel - Tom Brown
Sandals - c/o Next
Ring - Forever 21

This was one of those temperamental weather days but luckily no rain was in sight.  In keeping with the floral theme, I decided to wear a vintage dress I bought at the Angels Sale, which I dodgily managed to shorten.  It's falling apart slightly since I wore it so I will have to figure out some sort of a repair as I'm not ready to part with it.  I have been practically living my Next schoolteacher-style sandals all summer after seeing them featured here.  It's not long until I'll have to retire them due to Autumn's imminent arrival but that doesn't stop me wishing for similar strappy styles.

twig scupture

reflection
Have you ever been to Kew Gardens?  It was nice to spend the day in a more peaceful corner of London and hopefully I won't leave it so long until the next time I visit.

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18 comments:

  1. Argh! I want those Swear sandals, love them. You always like the best shoes...

    Caz x
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  2. really like your outfit here. I need to go to kew! never been.

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  3. Just added Kew to places to visit!

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  4. the gardens look so beautiful, would love to visit. gorgeous dress!

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  5. looks like a fun day out. Yet another place to add to my list of places to see.

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  6. I love this post so much. My heart is melting at the sight of the last picture, it is just sooooo cute. your little sis is adorable, she looks so happy. And your mum is bloomin' GORGEOUS! You're a beautiful bunch! xxx

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  7. Wow the Kew garden is amazing and the conservatory is huge, the blue floral dress is so pretty and goes so well with the day out!

    Shan @ Orchira
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  8. You look lovely! It's definitely a place i'd like to visit. x hivenn

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  9. You look beautiful Kristabel, and so does your mum- you definitely got some super genes there :) Sadly, I live not in London :( I wish I lived in London.. but only sometimes, other times I think it'd be too busy for me :)

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  10. Love your dress and your ring!

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  11. The chunky ring is an excellent choice. love the photography x

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  12. You look adorable together! And I love your sandals

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  13. Kristabel! I love the photo of you, your sis and your mum at the end, so adorable and fun! Love that dress so much too.

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  14. Love that last photo of you and your fam! Really must get myself to Kew Gardens, it looks lovely.

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  15. cool photos! and i love that floral dress!

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  16. Your pictures of flowers are beautiful !
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  17. Funny how you visited Kew Gardens, i live minutes away from there! amazing isn't it?

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