Last week I took a trip to Kew Gardens, Richmond with my family. Who would have thought that just 10 miles from central London sits a place of absolute pure, (very green) serenity. The only reminder of the rest of civilization here is the noise of Heathrow’s jumbo jets skimming across the sky every few minutes. The gated botanical gardens are 30 hectares of absolute fairy/ Alice in Wonderland dreams. Entering the greenhouses is a complete transformative experience. Everyone wanders silently, with the same respect of the surroundings as they’d have in a museum or library. The palm house (images 1-5) is filled head- to- toe with cascading palm trees, and gets hotter and more humid as you climb the spiral staircase. It really felt like a glimpse into the rainforest. My favourite greenhouse was the lily house (pictured last) and was possibly the most calm and beautiful place I’ve ever been. Inside is like a glass time capsule, the lily pads seem as if they’ve been sitting calmly on the water since the Victorian age. No doubt the area has the same effect on its visitors from then and now.