We are all likely to be familiar with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. It is a world –famous scientific organisation, a huge area of landscaped gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. I have been a Friend of the Gardens for a long time, a by- chance conversation with the Master early this year was the genesis of this event as he had heard how fabulous their Christmas Lights were and that the tickets sold out quickly!
On November 20th, the Marketors were fortunate to be one of the first groups on the opening night of ‘Christmas at Kew ‘. This year, it took a magical new route which included a host of all – new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections illuminated the recently restored Temperate House, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. A dazzling arch led to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway.
Familiar favourites returned such as the Tunnel of Light with its thousands of twinkling pea -lights. Interestingly, the major installations were designed by a roster of internationally acclaimed artists.
Trees along the route were illuminated magically lighting up the landscape. We were entranced by bursts of colour and amazing optics as we explored the Garden’s iconic landscape after dark.
At the final stop, the renowned iconic Palm House finale surpassed previous years with festive projections playing across a giant screen of water in the centre of the lake and across the glass house itself, all to the sound of Christmas classics.
We rounded off the evening with a very tasty supper at The Botanist on Kew Green. My first turkey dinner! Delicious!
It was great to catch up with Marketor friends new and old. A big thank you to Carole Seawert, Event Chairman and Tina Bradley, Event Director for make this event possible.
Diane Morris, Liveryman, Court Assistant 2011-17 ( Event , Membership and Fellowship Chairman).
Chairman of the Judging panel for the Global Women Inventor and Inventor Awards. The next to take place in the Kuwait on March 8th, 2020.