Keeping Up With the TRIADS

With our placement visits every other week, I have been quite busy traveling. This past week, we were at Kew Botanical Gardens in London. Here, I worked in the tropical plant nursery that holds the collections of tropical plants that have been discovered around the world and have had research completed on them. The plants I worked with were often new to me, which was very exciting.  I spent time in the Araceae and Bromeliaceae family houses. I learned how to propagate many different species, often in unusual ways. While some of the tasks I did were familiar, the variety of plants I worked with was the true learning experience. Here are a few photos I gathered from the week.

In the Bromeliad house at Kew, one of many houses that hold plant collections

In the Bromeliad house at Kew, one of many houses that hold plant collections

Some of the Passiflora collection. I cut all of these back to prevent them from becoming a tangled mess!

Some of the Passiflora collection. I cut all of these back to prevent them from becoming a tangled mess!

The palm house is the famous image of Kew Gardens. A beautiful piece of old architecture that is a true gem to the property

The palm house is the famous image of Kew Gardens. A beautiful piece of old architecture that is a true gem to the property

Inside the palm house, from the upper floor. The view was worth the intense heat

Inside the palm house, from the upper floor. The view was worth the intense heat

On top of our visits we have ventured so many places I have not had the opportunity to share with you. Traveling almost every weekend, we have managed to visit quite an impressive list of gardens across England. From Wales to Cornwall, even across to Kent, we have been quite fortunate to visit as many as we have. I’d like to highlight a few of my favorites along the way and what I found unique about them.

Trebah

Trabah Garden was a garden sloped down a hill to the sea below. Trabah has some intense wow factor such as this forest of Gunnera shown here. From a hillside water garden, a bamboo grove, and its own private beach, this garden was well worth the visit.

Trabah Garden was sloped down a hill to the sea below. Trabah has some intense wow factor such as this forest of Gunnera shown here. From a hillside water garden, a bamboo grove, and its own private beach, this garden was well worth the visit.

Admiring the Gunnera that were well over my head from the passage through them

Admiring the Gunnera that were well over my head from the passage through them

Valley of hydrangeas that was sure to be incredible in full bloom,

Valley of hydrangeas that was sure to be incredible in full bloom,

Rousham

Wild, but maintained, Rousham Garden was such a surprise to visit. A private garden with a goodwill payment system, not much was expected at the entrance. What is to be discovered inside is incredible.

Wild, but maintained, Rousham Garden was such a surprise to visit. A private garden with a goodwill payment system, not much was expected at the entrance. What is to be discovered inside is incredible.

Stunningly simple passages are what help to make this garden such a surprise.

Stunningly simple passages are what help to make this garden such a surprise.

Unusual and amazing parterres in front of the properties very own dove cote

Unusual and amazing parterres in front of the properties very own dove cote

From the small intimate spaces of the walled garden, you emerge through a small gate into a forested garden that covers many acres.

From the small intimate spaces of the walled garden, you emerge through a small gate into a forested garden that covers many acres.

Stourhead

The great landscape park, Stourhead. Standing on the edge of the lake and looking around at the landscape, you cannot help but be caught up in the spirit of this place. To know that this was all designed and planted, with the vision to know what it would look like in the future is astounding.

The great landscape park, Stourhead. Standing on the edge of the lake and looking around at the landscape, you cannot help but be caught up in the spirit of this place. To know that this was all designed and planted, with the vision to know what it would look like in the future is astounding.

View over the lake from the grotto

View over the lake from the grotto

Well worth the exercise of walking this garden

Well worth the exercise of walking this garden

There are many roman influenced follies within the garden that add to its grandeur.

There are many roman influenced follies within the garden that add to its grandeur.

Great Dixter

Of all the gardens I have ever seen, Great Dixter is likely the most curious. Here the plants crash over each other, grow together, and have coloration combos that amaze. The fascinating part is that its all planned. This is the house at Great Dixter. The pots at the front are a clue to the garden to come.

Of all the gardens I have ever seen, Great Dixter is likely the most curious. Here the plants crash over each other, grow together, and have coloration combos that amaze. The fascinating part is that its all planned. This is the house at Great Dixter. The pots at the front are a clue to the garden to come.

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Kensington Park

Kensington Park is a public park located within London. It seemed everywhere you looked on the map, there was something unique to be found. The park was enormous, far more than could be seen in an afternoon, but simply passing through I stumbled upon many interesting features. This is a monument within the park.

Kensington Park is a public park located within London. It seemed everywhere you looked on the map, there was something unique to be found. The park was enormous, far more than could be seen in an afternoon, but simply passing through I stumbled upon many interesting features. This is a monument within the park.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

View from a bridge within the park on a beautiful day

View from a bridge within the park on a beautiful day

This Italian water garden was a great end to my visit at Kensington Park.

This Italian water garden was a great end to my visit at Kensington Park.

– James

2 comments

  1. Douglas Needham

    Hi, James. What a beautifully written post of your experience working at Kew and the gardens you have seen on your weekend excursions. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great post James, you’ve certainly managed to pack a lot in during your time in the UK. I have never visited Rousham but your photos have definitely put it high on my ‘must see’ list. Have a great time in Japan. Helen

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