Just for a change: magnolias at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens magnoliaWhen I was at Kew Gardens last week I took at look at the little blackboard by the entrance on which they write what’s worth seeing that day. It said magnolias, and I have to admit it was right. I’ve never thought of going to Kew for the magnolias before, but they are spectacular, so I thought I’d share some pictures with you.

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Magnolias are interesting plants. As a plant family it apparently dates from before the ice age and is so old that it predates the arrival of bees, so the flowers are pollinated by beetles. That accounts for how thick and tough they are, beetles being clumsier than bees in seeking out the pollen.

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Many of the magnolia varieties we know today were brought over from China and Japan by eighteenth century botanists, although there’s a whole American branch of the magnolia family too.

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

At Kew they have some beautiful magnolia near the Elizabeth Gate, handy if you’re planning on having lunch at the Orangery, but the best of them are to be found near the Princess Walk that runs through the centre of the gardens.

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

All told, Kew has over two hundred and fifty types of magnolia.

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

Kew Gardens Magnolia 2015

4 thoughts on “Just for a change: magnolias at Kew Gardens

  1. Thanks Fran – what a beautiful day you look to have had – blue sky and great trees in full bloom. A real treat! Thanks for the info too – I didn’t know about the beetles.

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