Hey my Lovelies,
Last week Friday, June 14th I went to Kew Gardens. I haven’t been since I was about 6 years old so it was nice to see it from the perspective of a 25-year-old.
Carry on reading to find out how my day went and see some of the pictures I snapped of the scenery!
A Day at Kew Gardens
What is Kew Gardens?!
Kew Gardens is a botanical garden located in southwest London that houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”. It was founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park in Middlesex, England, it’s living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. It is one of London’s top tourist attractions and is a World Heritage Site.
Location & Travel
As mentioned above, prior to last week Friday I haven’t been to Kew Gardens since I was about 6 and had no recollection of how it was except for big green leaves.
The tickets for Kew Gardens were purchased in October 2018 but I wasn’t able to make it then because my anxiety was way too bad and couldn’t fathom the journey it would take to get there. Fast forward 8 months to June 2019 I put on my brave pants & was able to get there with patience, assistance & selflessness.
I had to push myself physically in order to help my mental health & break the cycle of me spiralling out of control as my mental well-being has been suffering for the last few weeks.
The journey all together took around two hours to get to the Botanical Garden from where I reside using good old Google Maps. At one stage we had gotten on the bus going in the complete opposite direction from Kew Garden, I hadn’t noticed until we had gone much further than three stops that the directions had alerted.
Once getting to Kew Garden I was able to use one of their wheelchairs that were available for the public and remained from 2:30 pm right until the closing time at 8 pm.
How I coped during the day
I suffered the consequence of being housebound for a week or so after my day out but I can take the victory of getting out & finally going back to Kew Gardens after many years.
I was in agony before the day had even begun but I was overly excited to go and very much looking forward to it. I had a migraine (a recurring one) and my neurological disorder wanted to make me freezing cold one minute and then boiling hot the next. FUN TIMES!
Being in a wheelchair made me think about how much my physical health has declined over the years. I wouldn’t have been able to manage the trip around the park had I not been assisted in a wheelchair but I was happy that the majority of Kew Gardens was accessible for disabled people and the weather was lovely compared to the showers we’ve been experiencing recently.
I’m happy I got to visit Kew Gardens on June 14th 2019 & thankful for the support & selflessness I continually receive from Papa M.
One Spoon At A Time 🥄🌿
Tips for visiting Kew Gardens
- Plan your journey before you go
- Arrive there as early as possible. The park opens at 10am and closes at 8pm
- Kew Gardens is massive with lots of greenhouses and agriculture to see. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of signs throughout the park to show exactly where you are so getting confused is possible. Get as much support as you can by going with someone close or a group of people
- Travel with someone who is good at reading maps
- there are restaurants and cafes at different sections of the park but bring your own lunch if you want to save money
Just a few photos I took from my day trip to Kew Gardens
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