Lonely Planet Writer

Tropical orchid paradise at London's Kew Gardens

London’s Kew Gardens orchid festival is being given a colourful Brazilian theme this year. In fact, the site is a veritable tropical paradise as orchids and other striking flora bloom in every corner of its glasshouse.

Kew Gardens in London
Kew Gardens in London Image by Ghislain Mary / CC BY 2.0

Among the not-to-be-missed garden delights on display are two giant rainforest tree sculptures that are covered with bromeliads and oncidiums, while five figures representing the flamboyant costumes of carnival dancers take centre stage in the pond area. Close by is a tunnel containing a cornucopia of vibrant tropical plants.

The Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens is getting a Brazilian theme to it this year to coincide with the Olympics being held in Rio De Janeiro
The Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens is getting a Brazilian theme to it this year to coincide with the Olympics being held in Rio De Janeiro Image by William Murphy / CC BY 2.0

The manager of the Prince of Wales Conservatory, Nick Johnson, said the idea of a carnival theme was raised a few years ago. This year the organisers decided that with the Olympics taking place in Brazil, it would be fitting to theme aspects of that country in the festival. According to the Evening Standard, Johnson said it was now time “to have a party at Kew to celebrate it all.” The festival continues until 6 March.