18 May 2019
Kew Gardens has long been a fantastic place for families, but it’s just got even better with the brand new Children’s Garden opening just in time for the May half term. Two years’ in the making, the vast new discovery and play space draws on all the things plants need to grow; earth, air, sun and water. The interactive and sensory garden designed for ages 2-12 is all about getting closer to nature. In the Children’s Garden alone there are over 100 varieties of mature trees including ginkgo, pines, sweet chestnut, beech and eucalyptus. Get up close to them all; run about in the shade of an almighty 200 year-old oak tree with a 4m canopy walk that wraps its way around the trunk. Weave through a living bamboo tunnel and slide down ‘worm-hole’ tubes in the Earth Garden; glide through a forest of spinning windflowers in the Air Garden, where there are hammocks for gazing up at the clouds and sky above and submerged trampoline circles for bouncing.
In the Sun Garden follow windy and twisted paths through a ring of sunflowers and pink candy floss grass and splash about in the Water Garden learning all about the water cycle with steam, fountains and giant boulders to hop across. The space spans the size of 40 tennis courts and is a children’s paradise. Look out for the poem by 2018 Young London Poet Laureate Momtaza Mehri carved beneath the Oak tree and make up your own poems inspired by trees.
The Children’s Garden gives all the more reason to visit Kew, where the spectacular Temperate Houses have also been refurbished and re-opened this time last year. There is also the spectacular Chihuly exhibition, Reflections on nature running until 27 October with dazzling contemporary glass sculptures scattered about the landscape.