AUTUMN LEAVES AT KEW GARDENS

I love autumn.

Have I mentioned that before? (The question is rhetorical. I think we all know the answer to that one.)

There’s just something about crunchy leaves, misty mornings, hot coffee and a wooly scarf that makes me go all gooey and heart-eyed.

On Sunday, our friends rocked up early in the morning to pick Gary and I up in the car. We popped into town, picked up a round of caramel lattes, and then hit the road, with Google Maps to guide us on our way.

We arrived at Kew Gardens at just gone 10am, and there was already a queue at the gate. Once we got inside though, everyone melted away in different directions, and we had the place (almost) to ourselves.

So it’s definitely worth getting there early!

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The Japanese garden was one of our favourites. The paths are lined with colorful shrubbery, and there’s a perfectly groomed gravel garden, along with carefully placed rocks.

Other oddities we discovered on our travels include a seasonally-confused holly bush, a big wooden bear, and some funny flat plants, which felt like (ehem) felt…

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The further we strolled, the more we marvelled.

Honestly guys, Kew in autumn is an absolute MUST visit.

The colours, the light, the fresh air… you’d never guess you’re only a half hour or so from Central London!

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO ADORABLE?

My inner Hufflepuff was very happy.

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I really want to do a West Coast USA road trip, but for now, the Redwood Grove at Kew is an excellent substitute.

The trees are a mix of giant and coastal redwoods, and they are BIG. Big trees. Not as big as the ones you’d find in the States, obviously, but still. They’re big enough!

There’s also a proper, traditional, Japanese Minka farmhouse (which I apparently forgot to photograph), which was actually built in the 1930s in Japan, and then transported to the UK in 2001 for restoration.

It sits in the middle of a beautiful bamboo garden in Kew, and it’s really interesting to see the inside and read about how the houses were traditionally made.

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We also visited Palm House, a tropical greenhouse which bears a verrrrry suspicious resemblance to the Aviary from Jurassic World…

Now, I’m not saying there are dinosaurs at Kew Gardens.

I’m just saying that those palm trees, coconut trees, and banana plants are TALL.

Who knows what could be hiding behind them…

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Eventually, inevitably, our tummies started rumbling.

So we waved goodbye to the trees and headed off to the village in in search of lunch…

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  • What an amazing place! :) I can imagine that’s it’s really beautiful in summer as well but all the colourful leaves make everything look even more special, I love it x

    Sara’sChapters

  • Oh I have been really wanting to go back to Kew! I was disappointed to have missed summer, but actually your post is making me think Autumn will be pretty wonderful too.

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

  • Sophie Stewart

    Really gorgeous pictures, looks like you had a lovely time! Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

  • Beautiful pictures, I’m just loving your photography at the moment!

  • Jas

    Aw Kew Gardens looks absolutely gorgeous, I’ve never actually been there but I think I live relatively close. Definitely on my list of to-visit places now, hopefully in the autumn too as those trees are bloomin’ gorgeous. Also – Hufflepuffs united 👊🏻 Jas xx
    Jas Poole Blog

  • We visited Kew in the spring (which was amazing), but it looks absolutely stunning in the autumn! You’re making me want to go back! All those pretty colours!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Brooklyn

    Can I build a small cottage and just live there please? So adorable and autumnal!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

  • Great photos. Membership of Kew is totally worth it, you only have to go twice to get it to pay for itself, totally doable!

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

  • Beautiful! Loved these photos, the best part is the sheer excitement on your face in the first pic! :)

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • Steph & The Spaniels

    This is just gorgeous. I’ve still not got around to visiting Kew, but Autumn seems like a dream to go! xx
    Love Stephanie Dreams

  • I’ve never visited Kew Gardens but I’ve bought lots of their candles before :p it looks so beautiful! I’d love to visit each season in the same year and photograph the same spots to see how they change xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Alice Young

    Kew is my absolute favourite – loved your pictures! x

  • The slow pace

    Beautiful! Autumn is my favourite time of the year too. It’s just cosy!

  • How boootiful! I visited just a month ago, at the very end of summer and the leaves were still green… but these are so pretty! ^__^ leeeeeaves <3

    Cherie | sinonym

  • What gorgeous photos!! Really enjoyed this post, and I love your red coat!

    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird

  • So pretty! I always love seeing what you get up to in London – so many great ideas for when I visit :)
    Laura | http://collectinglabels.com

  • Wow, how beautiful! Definitely adding Kew Gardens to my never-ending list of places to visit next time i’m in London…

    agoldenhour.blogspot.com

  • ninegrandstudent

    I SO need to get here. It was on my to-do for Autumn but I’m unexpectedly having to study and the leaves are falling too quickly! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • I lived so close to Kew for years but life always got in the way. I’ve always wanted to go at Christmas with all the lights but those Autumn shots!! Looks like 2 trips for me.

    K.

    http://www.wonderingthrough.co.uk