On Tuesday 9 October 2018, there were blue skies and blazing sunshine for the whole day, we couldn’t have been more fortunate.
Yes, this is the day we went to Kew Gardens. The gardens were a mass of colour, with not only the wonderful planting, but the autumnal changes that were taking over the leaves on the trees. Some were already lovely reds and golds, and others showing more subtle changes, but all showing that autumn has arrived.
Of course, there was so much to see and I am sure our coach full of members and friends would all have a different account of their day at Kew. We headed for the recently reopened, reconstructed Temperate Glasshouse, which had been closed for five years. It had undergone a £41m reconstruction and was magnificent. It had been stripped down to bare metal, with all the plants moved and stored whilst the work was being done. It looked today as if the plants had never been touched. The whole place was white and gleaming and was the size of four football pitches. It had a wonderful accessible balcony offering views looking down through the trees into the planting below. A great success.
We then took the new electric train which circumnavigated the whole garden. This was a splendid opportunity to see more than we would have seen if walking. We had excellent commentary on the way round and were taken down narrow pathways to see groves of holly trees, redwoods, oaks from all over the world and many, many others. At one point we travelled along the banks of the Thames. The whole experience was excellent, with so much to see.
It was agreed by all that it was a lovely day. Thanks must go to our organiser, our leader for the day, and Peter, our ever attentive driver.