Autumn leaves in Kew Gardens

2016-04-21T13:52:45+00:0011 November 2011|England, Seasonal, current, UNESCO World Heritage|

The Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This week’s #FriFotos* theme – autumn/fall – inspired me to add an extra post. I’ve just returned from a hectic few days in London, attending the World Travel Market and heaps of fringe fun. I took Wednesday morning off, however, to have a look at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Even in November, arguably the greyest month of the year, this UNESCO-listed landscape garden looks beautiful.

Autumn leaves in song? All my life, I’ve been mysteriously drawn to this melody. Have a listen to Juliette Greco’s haunting rendition of Les feuilles mortes while you enjoy the photos:

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Queen’s Beasts
The Queen’s Beasts comprise 10 sculptures symbolising the different branches of Britain’s royal ancestry.

The Lion of England The Falcon of the Plantagenets
The Lion of England and The Falcon of the Plantagenets

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Orangerie, Kew Gardens
The Orangerie, designed by Sir William Chambers

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Palace

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens

This small, intimate royal palace was a country retreat for George III and his family – and where he stayed out of the public eye when he was ill. George III is best known for being mentally ill (probably a result of a blood disease known as porphyria) and for losing the colonies in the American War of Independence.

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens
Kew Palace

View from Kew Palace, Kew Gardens
River Thames, seen from Kew Palace

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Autumn leaves at Kew Gardens

*#FriFotos is a weekly Twitter chat founded by @EpsteinTravels where travellers share their favourite photos. Each week has a theme. Search #FriFotos on Twitter to see more or to join in.

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  1. ItalianNotes 11 November 2011 at 1428 - Reply

    Can use a shot of colour these days. Thanks.

  2. David Bennett 12 November 2011 at 1359 - Reply

    Love it!

    Are these Bar headed geese wandering around? It’s been a while since I was in Kew and I don’t recall seeing geese. I recall seeing parrots in the trees though!

    What’s the World Travel Market? Sounds interesting!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 November 2011 at 1508 - Reply

      @David – Yes, according to the staff, they are bar-headed geese. Quite a few of them wandered about, and they weren’t at all aggressive, like some geese can be if you get too close.

      World Travel market is a huge (the world’s biggest) event of the year for the travel industry (including bloggers for the first time this year) – and a good place to meet with representatives of tourism boards and other interesting people to work with. It’s every year in November at the ExCel centre in the Docklands. Bloggers get press passes and it’s free. Also, there are heaps of interesting fringe events and meet-ups.

  3. Turkey's For Life 12 November 2011 at 1512 - Reply

    Beautiful photos. Who’s have thought the colours would be so vibrant in London – in November?! 🙂 Would have loved to have gone to the world travel mart. Hope you enjoyed it.

  4. Ana (Ana Travels) 12 November 2011 at 1725 - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous. Autumn is my favourite season for its colours. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 November 2011 at 1803 - Reply

    Mette, Julia and Ana – thank you! I always enjoy London. And the WTM was interesting, if a bit overwhelming for this first-timer. Next year, I’ll plan better in advance.

  6. Shelly 13 November 2011 at 1834 - Reply

    I am also curious what the World Travel Market it? Fall sure is beautiful and you captured the beauty in your photos!
    I love all your historical tid-bits -very interesting!

  7. Shelly 13 November 2011 at 1836 - Reply

    Oh and I forgot to mention I love the song you posted… Juliette Greco’s Les feuilles mortes. I’ve never heard it before and it is lovely!

  8. Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 November 2011 at 2212 - Reply

    @Shelly – Thanks so much. And see my reply to David above for more on the World Travel Market.

  9. Nomadic Samuel 13 November 2011 at 2247 - Reply

    What a gorgeous photo essay. I’d love to visit the Organgerie!

  10. Kirsten 14 November 2011 at 0538 - Reply

    I really loved Autumn in London! And even out in Kettering where I spent an overnight. ’twas a wonderful time because the gray was so punctuated with beautiful color.

    Thanks for sharing!

    And so good to meet you face-to-face at WTM, finally, as well as be on your quiz team 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 November 2011 at 0703 - Reply

      Such fun to meet you. too, Kirsten. Next time, we’ll win 🙂

  11. Michael Figueiredo 14 November 2011 at 0722 - Reply

    Such beautiful photos….and I love the song 🙂

  12. jenjenk 14 November 2011 at 1439 - Reply

    i’ve been there but i love looking at it through your “eyes”. how lovely!

  13. Anna 14 November 2011 at 1546 - Reply

    Autumn in London is extraordinary! And the Botanic garden – I am totally in love with it. In my opinion this is one of the most romantic places in the whole world!!

  14. Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 November 2011 at 1601 - Reply

    Samuel, Michael, Jen and Anna – Thanks 🙂

  15. Laurel 14 November 2011 at 1607 - Reply

    It’s hard to believe these bright, colorful photos are still possible in dreary November. You had the right idea, I should have taken some time of from WTM and done something fun as well 🙂

  16. Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 November 2011 at 2055 - Reply

    Laurel – Pretty intensive days at WTM, wasn’t it? It was lovely to get a bit of fresh air and bright colours for a few hours.

  17. Cathy Sweeney 14 November 2011 at 2105 - Reply

    I’ve always liked that song, too. Love this rendition — perfect accompaniment to your photos. I must visit Kew Gardens sometime – beautiful.

  18. robin 15 November 2011 at 1035 - Reply

    Love the shot of the bike!

  19. Jester 15 November 2011 at 1613 - Reply

    The garden on the first photo is remarkable. I haven’t seen such a green blanket of grass before. They look very healthy and well cared. If only people will take care of the environment then i am sure this world will become a healthier place to live in.

  20. Gladys | 15 November 2011 at 1643 - Reply

    i wish we have 4 seasons here in my country. autumn seems like a great season to take photographs 🙂

  21. Very beautiful pictures! I don’t think I have a favorite as I loved them all. Fall colors are great.

  22. Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 November 2011 at 0227 - Reply

    Cathy, Robin, Jester, Gladys, Debbie – thanks 🙂

  23. Kim A. 16 November 2011 at 1433 - Reply

    How have I not heard of this place before??? I love gardens, so this goes right to the top of new things to see in London. Thanks for letting me know and for sharing these gorgeous photos.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 November 2011 at 2333 - Reply

      Kim – You know, many have told me that. Maybe people are so caught up with all the grandiose attractions in the centre of London. Kew is a little ways away (took about half an hour on the tube), but absolutely worth a visit. Kew itself was like a quirky and charming little village as well; reminded me of Hampstead, only on a smaller scale.

  24. Vera Marie Badertscher 17 November 2011 at 0037 - Reply

    Such beautiful photos. And I have a weakness for Autumn Leaves, too. Mine is because I learned to sing it in French when I took French on college. Didn’t do well in French, but I could croon that tune!

  25. Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 November 2011 at 0137 - Reply

    Vera – it’s a beautiful song, isn’t it? Did you know Eric Clapton recorded it last year (in English). His version is very nice, as well.

  26. Iain Mallory 17 November 2011 at 0213 - Reply

    Nice and reminds me I have not been to Kew in years maybe should find sometime soon for a visit, thanks.

  27. Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 November 2011 at 1339 - Reply

    Iain – it’s a lovely place. But then your country has heaps of beautiful, tranquil spots. Just like mine 🙂

  28. Angela 17 November 2011 at 2040 - Reply

    Beautiful pictures, the colors of the autumn are gorgeous, although I don’t really like the season as it puts an end to the summer 🙂

  29. Abby 17 November 2011 at 2318 - Reply

    Ugggh I can barely stand it! Between living in either the desert or the tropics, I never get to see fall colors. They are so beautiful! And I’m so jealous you got to go to WTM!!

  30. Sherry 17 November 2011 at 2351 - Reply

    I didn’t understand a single word Juliette Greco’s said in her rendition of Les feuilles mortes, but I listened to it as I looked through your photos and it was fantastic. It really does put you in the mood. Its no wonder why I love this time of the year as its just basically a soothing time. Not too cold, not too hot, but just right for the changing of times.

  31. Andrea 18 November 2011 at 0045 - Reply

    Gorgeous photos! Such beautiful fall colours! Funny, there’s a suburb Kew in Melbourne and I thought it was such a funny name. Should have known it was a place in the UK (so many suburbs in Australia named after places there)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 18 November 2011 at 1414 - Reply

      @ Andrea and Jarrad – When we were in Melbourne, I was intrigued to see a part of the city was names St Kilda. Wondered whether it was named after that most remote of islands in the Hebrides.

  32. Amy 18 November 2011 at 1313 - Reply

    I love these phots and the history that goes with them. Just beautiful.

  33. Jarrad 18 November 2011 at 1316 - Reply

    These photos are beautiful.I was like Andrea, straight away I thought of Kew in Melbourne, Australia.

  34. Your pictures are stunning! Thanks for linking up!


  35. Jody 18 November 2011 at 1610 - Reply

    I so wanted to visit Kew Gardens the last time we were in England. Ah, well, one day. Your photos are beautiful.

  36. Impulsive Addict 18 November 2011 at 1716 - Reply

    Wow! Those pictures are just gorgeous!!!

  37. Sonja 18 November 2011 at 2016 - Reply

    So colorful. Gorgeous.

  38. Lisa 18 November 2011 at 2235 - Reply

    Lovely photos – I particularly like Kew Palace – the colour is amazing! We had Kew Gardens on our list of places to see when we were in London last year and didn’t make it – next time for sure!

  39. Anne-Sophie Redisch 18 November 2011 at 2331 - Reply

    @Angela – I can understand that. End of summer, but then the coming winter, although harsh and dark and too long up here, is at least very pretty.

    @Abby – I’ve often wondered how it would be to live without distinct seasons. And see you at WTM next year, perhaps…

    @Sherry – it’s a lovely, haunting song, isn’t it… Autumn is my favourite season.

    @Amy, Becca, Impulsive Addict, Sonja, Stephanie, RedNomad – thanks 🙂

    @Jody and Lisa – thanks. And hope you make it next time 🙂

  40. Camels & Chocolate 19 November 2011 at 0504 - Reply

    What a cool exterior! Sort of reminds me of the California Academy of Sciences–have you been there yet?

  41. Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 November 2011 at 0834 - Reply

    @Kristin – No, never been, but looked it up now. It does look a bit similar to the Palm House at Kew.

  42. Stephanie 19 November 2011 at 0957 - Reply

    Beautiful photos. I miss autumn.

  43. Red Nomad OZ 20 November 2011 at 1205 - Reply

    What a beautiful, magical spot! It’s got everything – scenery, fascinating history, architecture, intriguing oddities! What’s not to love?!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  44. Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 November 2011 at 2328 - Reply

    @Stephanie and Red Nomad OZ – Thanks 🙂

  45. A Lady in London 1 December 2011 at 1751 - Reply

    Great photos. I love Kew Gardens! It is one of my favorite places in London.

  46. Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 December 2011 at 0048 - Reply

    @Lady – One of my favourites as well now. So beautiful and peaceful. Next time I’ll bring a book and loads of time…

  47. Christina (Jandal Road) 26 December 2011 at 2247 - Reply

    Sophie, I live in London and cannot believe that in over 5 years in this city I haven’t managed to go to Kew Gardens yet. I love your pictures and will make sure I see the gardens this spring! Absolutely beautiful

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 26 December 2011 at 2254 - Reply

      @Christina – I know what you mean. Been in London a gazillion times (it’s just a quick 1.5 hrs away), but I’ve never managed to get to Kew before now. Really enjoyed it.

  48. Cynthia 26 December 2011 at 2258 - Reply

    What lovely photos of Kew Gardens. I particularly liked the picture of the orange colored palace. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Andrew Graeme Gould 1 January 2012 at 0521 - Reply

    That’s an impressive looking structure in the first photo, and a great interpretation of the song in the video. Love the rest of the images, too.

    Happy New Year from Santiago, with fireworks in the background as I write!

  50. Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 January 2012 at 1156 - Reply

    @Cynthia and Andrew – Thanks for reading and all the best for 2012!

  51. Anwar 14 January 2012 at 2126 - Reply

    Wow these photos are amazing! I’ve been wanting to go to Kew Gardens for a long time but each time i’m in london for some reason I miss it. After seeing these photos I will need to make sure to take the time to go.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 January 2012 at 1303 - Reply

      Thanks, Anwar. Me, too – heard about it for ages, but had never gotten around to visiting Kew. Glad I finally did. Now I’m curious to see the gardens in full spring bloom!

  52. D.J. - The World of Deej 1 March 2012 at 2159 - Reply

    Great pics!…I don’t get much of a Fall here in Florida, so it’s nice to find when I travel…

  53. Louise 6 March 2012 at 2113 - Reply

    I absolutely loved this. Such gorgeous photos – and the music, too. Just wonderful!!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 March 2012 at 1741 - Reply

      Thanks Louise, so kind 🙂

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