Tea and ballet at Kew

May 14th 2014

Thank you for all your entries into my Kew giveaway. I enjoyed reading about all your favourite herbs and flowers in the comments, and was only sorry that just one person could win – that was Sabina of Shade of Red, and I hope she enjoyed the night. Just thought I’d share some photos of the evening. It had been pouring with rain all day so I was a bit worried the night would be a washout too, but luckily it held off and was a very nice evening.

First we had a tea tasting in the palm house, the splendid Victorian iron and glass structure at the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. We also had short talks from Kate Halloran, senior tea buyer of Taylors of Harrogate, and Monique Simmons OBE, Director of the Kew Innovation Unit, who worked together on the new range of herbal and fruit teas.

All the teas were delicious, but I especially liked the sweet rhubarb; an unusual flavour but appropriate given how much rhubarb is grown in the Yorkshire area. The tea smelled just like warm rhubarb crumble and would be great after dinner in place of dessert. I’ve also been drinking a lot of the lemongrass and ginger as a soothing digestiv.

After the tasting, we wandered around the palm house, admiring the tropical plants.

As dusk fell we headed outside, where Betty’s were offering more tea and some of their amazing baked goods. I had a tiny delicious Victoria sponge and a macaron that tasted just like chocolate brownie.

We took our lakeside seats for the performance and wondered how the ballet on water would be performed. It turned out to be a 3d hologram, projected into a spray of water in the middle of the lake. The effect doesn’t photograph well but was stunning! Thanks to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Taylors for a great unusual night.

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