Kew Gardens and the Art of Dan Chihuly

On Wednesday 3rd July, fifteen of us boarded a minibus at Amersham Meeting House for a trip to Kew Gardens. By happy coincidence,  every one of our local meetings was represented and we were blessed with almost perfect weather – dry and sunny without being too hot for walking about the extensive gardens.

We began the day with a guided tour of the wonderful glass sculptures created by the American artist Dan Chihuly. These huge art installations were designed to blend in with and stand out from the planting in the garden. A single sculpture takes three to four experienced workers four days to reassemble in a new location each time they are moved!

After the tour we were free to make our own way round the gardens and spend the afternoon as we pleased. Some climbed the famous pagoda to enjoy the views from the top, some explored the herbaceous borders that have been created along the Broadwalk, while a lucky found the student gardens hidden away in a far corner.

A wonderful way to spend a summer’s day!

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