I have been to Kew Gardens once before last year. Kew is located on the western side of London and can be reached easily by the tube/ subway/ metro/ train or however your city names your underground transportation system. There is a small palace on the grounds, Kew Palace, which is a museum today, but the Palace also has a small but interesting herbal garden. Kew is not a small place. There are gardens, buildings, botanical glasshouses and space to roam around for days in its 121 hectares (300 acres).
This trip was the first time we found a couple of small lakes surrounded by trees and shrubs. The atmosphere in this area was quite peaceful. Naturally there were small families of ducks of which I did not recognize even one.
Hubby and I visited the perennial gardens that had some lovely grasses
and the small indoor Alpine garden
Probably one of the highlights for me was the Heritage Tree Collection. As you made your way around the gardens you would find placards naming the tree behind it, where it came from and other interesting facts about the tree or genus. Here are a few beauties, but unfortunately I did not record them all. Maybe you can guess.
Both trips were taken in September, something I would change the next time around if only to see different plants. It is still a great time of year for taking in the gardens of the UK.