The hype in the Hive, Kew Gardens

There was a glorious day when I visited Kew Gardens yesterday. June seemed to pass with no single visit to the beautiful gardens so I would have to make it up in July. This time I have discovered new to me places like Secluded Garden, Kew Kitchen Garden and the very fragrant Queen’s Garden filled with medicinal plants. I loved its soothing and calming effect when I sat on the wooden bench in the sun surrounded by beautiful herbs and flowers. It is definitely a must go on my next visit again.

The main attraction I wanted see was the Kew newest installation The Hive, highly publicised as an “inspiring and multisensory journey into the secret life of bees”. It is a main feature of the pollination trail explaining a relation between bees and plants. Rising 17 meters tall structure on the mound of the wildflower meadow which itself is quite beautiful. The Hive idea is to bring people’s attention to the protection of the bees as their numbers are sadly decreasing. The message is “BEE Friendly”.

At first, it looks a bit small but I like its design and I am also glad there is no queue. You simply climb up the winding up path and step inside the Hive. It is filled with sounds imitating buzzes and lit by LED lights. I would love to see it again in the evening light.


Those bee illustrations are painted on the walls of a little yellow hut nearby the Hive. I will be now looking up more closely at the bees while snapping away.





11 thoughts on “The hype in the Hive, Kew Gardens

  1. Thank you for sharing, I saw an item about this on tv the other day and I so wanted to see it…alas from the other side of the pond and no plans to visit England in the near future. So I am very happy with this post! thank xoxoxo Johanna

  2. Fabulous installation. Thank you for sharing your photographs, as I’m afraid I won’t be in London any time soon. I also haven’t visited any of the public gardens I normally go to this summer.

  3. Fascinating structure and I agree – it would look good in the evening! I find identifying bees so difficult because the males look different to the females and the drones are different again!

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