Kew to celebrate 250th birthday

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew will celebrate its 250th birthday tomorrow and spark a month of special events.

Gardeners visiting the site will be able to feast their eyes on a plethora of orchids and other tropical flowers as part of the Tropical Extravaganza in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

The giant greenhouse will be filled with colourful and fragrant plants that will inspire gardeners looking for ideas for their own greenhouses.

Meanwhile, gardeners considering investing in a greenhouse should go for one that is bigger than they think they will need, according to

No matter how big your greenhouse is you will wish you had got a bigger one," advises the website.

"Even the folks at Kew Gardens must wish they had got the next size up. This is because as you get used to growing things under glass you will find more and more stuff that will thrive and flourish in the extra warmth and humidity.

"The greenhouse that you thought you would never be able to fill will rapidly become too small."

Kew will be giving guided tours of its tropical nurseries over the coming month to give gardeners a peak at what goes on behind the scenes at one of the UKs best-loved garden centres.