Poem for today by Heather Montford
Online - 15 May 2020
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 !
A Poem for Kew by Heather Montford