Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens orchidsEvery year Kew Gardens cheers up the cold February days with a sumptuous display of orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. I never miss it – it’s such a great contrast to the grey days at the fag end of winter, as the steamy warmth surrounds you and the riot of colour awakens your senses ready for another year.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

This year the theme is India, drawing its inspiration from the vibrant colours, culture and spectacular plants of the subcontinent. Along with the usual giant set pieces featuring massive displays of exotic orchids, there are decorative rickshaws and a soundscape of Indian music accompanies you as you move around the conservatory – including some rather disconcerting sounds of cocks crowing and cows mooing.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

The big display always features the large pond in the centre of the conservatory, this year augmented with bright Indian hangings.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Alongside the pond is a brightly coloured cart filled with orchids.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Paths lead up and down steps to more orchids, some from more temperate zones.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

A rickshaw full of orchids is pulled by a mossy green man.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

And a giant peacock flaunts a colourful orchid-filled tail.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

The sheer quantity of orchids on display is breathtaking.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

And the variety of settings means there’s always something new to see.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

The orchid show is on until 5th March.

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

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