Abrand new exhibition of Orchids opens in Kew Gardens today for those wanting toescape the wintry weather for a taste of the tropics.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory in the south-west London gardens has been transformed into a sea of glorious flowers in order to celebrate of the colour, drama and beauty associated with this extraordinary and diverse group of plants.
Vibrant orchids will dominate the lush, wet tropical zone of the conservatory. Stunning displays of swirling colour will adorn the glasshouse pillars and arches. Hanging baskets will explode with a range of colours, creating waves of magnificent hues.
There may have been some sunshine in London today, but with temperatures still falling, spring seems a long way off.
In a part of South west London though, there's warmth, colour and a glimpse of things to come, ITV London's Martin Stew offers a sneak preview.
Click here for a look a quick look at some of the orchids on display for this year's annual orchid festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
It may be rather cold outside at the moment but the temperature will be a balmy 22 degrees Centigrade in a conservatory at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens this weekend for the annual orchid festival. We spoke to Phil Griffiths, head of display collections at the gardens, as they were getting ready.