However, what I want to talk about now was the Kew gift shop.
The English have certainly merged their practical nature with their love of gardening with this seed organizing box. First of all, the slots for seeds are taller than they are wide because...HELLO...seed packets are taller than they are wide. I dunno why the seed organizers I see 'round these parts are basically converted recipe boxes. This is of course fine if you don't mind your seed packets being on their side, but that's a spilling hazard for me. Second of all, the dividers in this box aren't "tomatoes," "peppers," etc. or even A, B, C, etc. They are January, February, March, etc. Brilliant! It makes so much more sense to organize your seeds by when you sow them, doesn't it? I've been having a gazillion zip-top bags trying to keep my seeds organized by planting time which is just ugly and wouldn't allow me to keep them in groupings of vegetable type unless I added even more baggies. I already had to open 3 bags before getting to my desired seeds as it was!
Because I only really do like 3 groups of planting per year, I'm going to use each slot as a planting time and then use the dividers to separate vegetable families. The larger slot along the side will hold my planting plan, seed label sticks and markers.
I am more excited about this purchase than the tins of biscuits and tea I got at Fortnum & Mason. This is saying a lot, y'all!
There was lots of other awesomeness from Burgon & Ball at the gift shop. It made me wish I had brought a bigger suitcase (and that the exchange rate wasn't more favorable!).