£40 per person includes return luxury coach, admission to Kew Gardens and drivers gratuity.
We will be back on Hayling at around 6pm (subject to traffic).
The coach will take us to Kew Gardens where we will be able to explore the 50,000 living plants in this UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are Cafes and Restaurants on site and picnics are allowed throughout the gardens.
Davies Alpine House
Venture into high-altitude territory and experience the cool, dry and windy conditions that allow alpine plants to flourish.
Alpines are some of the world’s most resilient plants – able to grow above the altitude at which trees can survive.
These plants have adapted to endure the severe conditions of the Earth’s poles or mountaintops, from the Arctic to the Alps or the Andes.
In the wild, alpines spend the winter dormant, dry and protected from extreme temperatures by a blanket of snow. Melting snow in spring provides moisture and exposes the plants to light. The short growing season means plants must flower and set seed quickly. They require plenty of light and cool, constantly moving air.
Explore the vast collection of 14,000 trees, a unique living landscape shaped by the seasons.
A journey inside this unique collection is a chance to experience the beauty and diversity of forests around the globe.
Stretching across two-thirds of the Gardens, the Arboretum surrounds glasshouses in a leafy enclave for you to walk, wander and discover.
The 14,000 trees rooted here represent more than 2,000 species, including rare and ancient varieties. This great collection contains trees as old as the Gardens themselves, many that cannot be found anywhere else in Britain.
Meaning ‘a place with trees’ in Latin, the Arboretum is not only a striking landscape but a scientific treasure trove, vital to our botanical and conservation research.
Every tree planted here is a source of knowledge, helping us conserve the habitats of beloved native trees and protect some of the world’s most fascinating species at risk from deforestation.
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Travel from the deserts to the tropics with a trip through this glassy wonderland
With ten computer-controlled climate zones, the Princess of Wales Conservatory is a glassy labyrinth leading you through a series of fascinating ecosystems.
In the zone dedicated to carnivorous plants, you’ll discover the conditions that helped predatory species like Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) or pitcher plants (Nepenthes) evolve to swallow their prey in less than half a second.
There’s a new surprise at every corner of this winding glasshouse. Take in spiky cacti and succulents as you travel through the dry tropics and emerge into the dense, steamy zones where tropical orchids and bright bromeliads come alive.
There’s plenty of beauty on display too. The celebrated giant waterlily Victoria amazonica floats in the wet tropical zone, where its spectacular white flowers open at sunset, filling the air with a strong perfume before they are pollinated and turn bright pink by the morning.
Cost of the visit is £40
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