Kew Gardens Orchid Festival 2022
2 daysThe Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. A sight to behold at Kew Gardens.
Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fish and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).
The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus), and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.
Every February, become immersed in a celebration of vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life inside the tropical paradise of Kew Gardens’ Princess of Wales Conservatory. Each year, Kew brings a new theme to this magnificent festival.
PRICE FROM ? £159 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Morning departure to Windsor for the afternoon. Crowned by stunning Windsor Castle – the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen's favourite weekend home – and linked by the beautiful River Thames, the Royal Borough has a rich mix of history, culture and heritage. Late afternoon we continue to our hotel where we include a 3 course dinner.
Day 2Full day at Kew Gardens. Kew contains the most diverse collection of living plants of any botanic garden in the world. The Orchid Festival will be a marvelous spectacle to see – the theme is under wraps at the moment, but it’s bound to be something spectacular.
We have also included the Kew Gardens hop-on hop-off land train in the tour. This 72 seat vehicle (which will be shared with other guests), will take you on a 45 minute tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train. The knowledgeable drivers will give a commentary about Kew’s flora and fauna, historic buildings and vital conservation work.
You can get on and off at any stop on the route (seven stops in total) or stay on for a full circuit.
When you feel like a break, there are four restaurants/cafes in the gardens offering everything from a cup of tea and a piece of cake, to full meals. Don’t forget to visit one of the shops before you leave.
Return home in the afternoon.
- Return coach travel
- 1 night Holiday Inn half board
- Admission to Kew Gardens
- Visit to Windsor
- Supplement £25
Holiday Inn4* Hotel - 3 course evening meal and breakfast
Location - Half a mile from Heathrow Airport
Hotel facilities - tow restaurants, 2 bars, lounge area, gymnasium
Room facilities - en-suite bathroom, , satellite TV, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities
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