Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kew Gardens and the Hive!

Palm Tree House 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a beehive?  After watching the bee episode of Magic School Bus, my kids think it might be kind of fun.  Well, the Kew Gardens currently have an exhibit about bees about an hours underground ride from us so we took the opportunity to find out.  The day was beautiful and the garden was lovely.

Beautiful Roses

We got off to a late start so ate our lunch upon arrival at the gardens.  We explored the rose gardens, took a walk in the treetops and then off to the Hive!

Treetop walk

Hanging out on a downed tree by the treetop walk.

The Hive

It was kind of mesmerizing inside.  There was a soundtrack that was really quite beautiful and meant to simulate bee communication.  It was really a cool experience, though hard to describe.  At one point all of my kids were on the floor, feeling, listening and taking it all in with all their senses.  (Frankly, I wanted to lay there with them.)

Looking up through the center of the Hive.

After the Hive, we went to the playground for the obligatory "run around" of the day.  We saw a magnolia tree with a single bloom on it.  The fragrance was delicious, even my kids enjoyed it.  We found so many varieties of trees and flowers.  It was a lovely way to spend our day!

Looking through the floor of the Hive

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