This year’s Orchid Festival has just opened at Kew Gardens with Colombia as the theme. It’s certainly news to me that Colombia has the largest number of orchid varieties in the world. Kew is the perfect showcase for these incredible plants.

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I love Kew Gardens and you will often find me there to escape busy city life. I’m ashamed to admit that this is my first visit to the Orchid Festival, which has been taking place for 24 years!

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Expect lots of orchids

Inside the beautiful Princess of Wales conservatory are over 6000 orchids waiting for you. The colours are stunning, and archways become a focal point. There are exquisite varieties everywhere you turn, it is simply breathtaking. Every greenhouse has different humidity levels so you can go from being very hot to really quite cool. Orchids are temperamental it seems.

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Just as I was calmly taking in the beauty of it these gorgeous flowers, I was distracted by, guess what, a sloth, hanging in the trees above!! This very strange juxtaposition turns out to be one of only 3 surviving sloths in the whole of Colombia.

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Nearly extinct, sloths spend most of their lives hanging in the trees only making it down to the ground floor once a week to poop! I know – seriously…… something I never expected to learn at Kew Gardens!

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The exhibition runs until 10 March, so get your skates down there. Enjoy not only the orchids but also enjoy Spring peeping out at every bend.

Also worth seeking out whilst you’re at gorgeous Kew is the Hive, the incredible metal art engineering by Wolfgang Buttress. It’s an extraordinary sculpture that reminds and educates us on bees and their vital importance to our food chain. If you want to get steamy, also check out the Palm House!

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Extra tips on your day out at Kew Gardens

You can park for free in the week after 10am on the main road. Take a little picnic as the Kew Cafe really needs to improve to justify their slightly lofty prices. I am all for supporting Kew, but give us quality food at reasonable prices.

Tickets for the Orchid Festival gives you full entry to the garden as well.