The Princess of Wales Conservatory
This year do not forget to join a celebration of Thailand’s lively colours, culture and wonderful plant life inside the real tropical paradise of Kew Gardens’ Princess of Wales Conservatory. Kew Gardens welcome visitors to the 23rd annual Orchids Festival with creative installations and unique experiences between 10 February and 11 March.
Vibrant floral exhibitions welcome visitors once they enter the tropical conservatory. A bright tunnel decorated with orchid flowers of all colours and three arches carefully covered with hanging orchid bunches and beautiful Thai umbrellas lead you to the gorgeous Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace. A rice paddy and typical bucolic scene are sit alongside the flora extravaganza, with a special Thai cart on loan from Thailand’s embassy in London.
There are more than 1000 types of beautiful and exotic orchids in Thailand. Some species yield flowers with a single colour, while other species have a few colours within each flower. The most common colour of cut orchids on the Thai market is purple and white. Last year almost 600 new species were discovered including three from Thailand. Many orchids have important medicinal properties as well as being revered globally for their gentle beauty.
“I am still under a huge impression of the Orchids festival which I think is rare and beautiful event in London. It is a real explosion of colourful Thailand beauty. Take your friends or family and spend your day at Kew Gardens. There are loads of rare orchids that you will never see or buy in Sainsbury’s, Tesco shops. This Festival is indeed incredible and I would definitely go again next year!”
Apart from the flower displays, Kew have put on a programme of evening events, with traditional dance shows, Thai cooking advices, Kew orchid professional talks, cocktail making and spa treatments. Visitors can also try different flavours of Thai cuisine.
This year’s festival is introduced by Thailand’s UK Embassy and other partners. Entrance to the festival is included with entry to the Gardens.