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Feast your eyes on the spring blossoms brightening up London's Kew Gardens

Spring flowers are brightening up London’s Kew Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage site that draws in visitors from around the world.

A couple take a photo in front of pink Azalea flowers at Kew Gardens.
A couple take a photo in front of pink Azalea flowers at Kew Gardens. Image by Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The 257-year-old gardens, located about half an hour from London, are famous for the largest collection of living plants on earth – including the world’s largest collection of orchids – and cover more than 120 hectares.

A couple relax in Kew Gardens in London, England.
A woman looks at the flowers in the gardens in London, England. Image by Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

It was recently announced that the gardens would get a £130 million funding package in order to support the gardens and fix up some of its buildings.

A couple relax in Kew Gardens in London, England.
A couple relax in the gardens in London, England. Image by Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Two years ago, financial difficulties led to the laying off 100 staff members, which included 50 scientists. The new funding is expected to help support the gardens and its 40 listed buildings.

A couple relax in Kew Gardens in London, England.
A man walks through the gardens in London, England. Image by Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images