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On a day with perfect weather, we enjoyed a lovely outing to Kew Gardens, located about 10 miles from central London along the River Thames.  Daffodils and cherry trees were in full bloom, along with other spring flowers.  A beautiful English spring day!

The Kew Explorer, a small, hop on-hop off land train, took us around the park to see different areas, including this water lily pond where a beautiful peacock strutted his stuff.

A jade vine

Kew Gardens also has some historic glasshouses that we visited.  Oma even climbed the spiral staircase in the Temperate House to get the birds-eye view!

The Gardens seemed to have every species of plant.  We saw many varieties of palm trees, as well as coffee trees, ebony, a jade vine with unusual colored blossoms, a tree tomato, and date palms.  I loved the Australian Tree Ferns – trees that are also ferns!

Australian Tree Ferns from above

Oma under the tree ferns

Of course, we needed tea and scones at the Orangery to fuel the long journey home.