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Poem for today by Heather Montford

Arts Richmond

Online - 15 May 2020

Poem for today by Heather Montford

A Poem for Kew


Once pleasure gardens of a king, his palace stands nearby.

Trees, grass, paved walks, pagoda reaching to the sky

Palm House and Temperate House, River Thames in view

This is the Royal Botanic Gardens, this is Kew.


Seed bank, herbarium, collections for the botanist,

Archives, research, rare trees each labelled by the arborist,

Galleries of botanic art with flowers of every hue

Leaves, seed pods, buds in every detail here at Kew,


Snowdrops in the grass and daffodils in sheets of gold,

Azure mist of bluebells, spring beauty to behold,

Great trees, redwoods and chestnuts, maples, limes and yew.

All the colours of autumn to be found at Kew.


Playground and Climbers Creepers for the under nines,

Summer picnics, jazz concerts, fireworks high above the pines,

Tree Top Walkway, Rhizotron, the Hive and Children’s Garden new,

Places of pleasure for all and everyone. Come to Kew !


                                                          Heather Montford




A Poem for Kew by Heather Montford

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