Welcome back to the Temperate House at Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens, as it reopen…

Welcome back to the Temperate House at Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens, as it reopens to the public today following an extensive, £41m, five-year restoration programme to ensure this extraordinary and magnificent grande dame of Victorian glasshouses (the largest in the world) can continue to serve as home to 10,000 temperate plants (many of them extinct or endangered) from all over the globe for generations to come.
Among the many gems on show inside the Grade I-listed structure, which was designed by Decimus Burton and first opened in 1863, keep your eyes open for the cycad, Encephalartos woodii, described as the ‘loneliest tree in the planet’ as only male specimens are currently known to exist on the planet.
Take your time and study the Temperate House’s architectural decorative detailing, too, including the transition from ornate to rather plainer capitals on the many iron columns, and the now ornamental window-closers, so reminiscent of ‘Pterodactyls’ heads’. They are just some of the 69,000 individual elements that were removed from the building and cleaned and repaired (or replaced) before being put back and repainted with a gleaming magnolia paint that was painstakingly tested for its suitability to the glasshouse’s varying conditions before being applied.
For details of tours and events in the Temperate House, visit www.kew.org/kew-gardens. #HomesandGardensUK #HGgardens @KewGardens #TemperateHouse #garden #plants


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