Originally called the Royal Botanic Gardens parts of these gardens
were originally owned by Royalty until the gardens were given
to the nation in 1840. Princess Augusta established the Gardens in 1750 with a
plan that they would contain all the plants known on earth. Its
first gardener focused on medicinal plants. The botanist Sir Joseph Banks
who accompanied Captain Cook on his 1769 South Pacific voyage to Australia New
Zealand and Hawaii brought back 1000's of new specimens. The western part was designed by Capability
Brown and the gardens cover over 300 acres.
The Palm House, a tropical glasshouse built in
the mid 19th century
The Princess of Wales Conservatory which was opened by
Diana Princess of Wales in 1987, and includes 10 climatic zones.
The Temperate House was built in the early 1860s and is
the largest glasshouse in the Kew Gardens. It has plants from
Australia, the Pacific Islands, South Africa, parts of Asia, and
The Waterlily House was built in the 19th century
and is home to rice and other plants needing a hot humid atmosphere.
The Alpine House which was opened in 1981
The Evolution House where you can learn about the evolution
of plants over the last 3500 years.
Museum No. 1 its exhibition illustrates the relationships
between plants and man.
The Marianne North Gallery
The Royal Palaces - Queen Charlotte's Cottage and Kew
The Pagoda is 10 stories and was completed in 1762
The Japanese Gateway is a replica of a famous Gateway in
Kyoto and is surrounded by Japanese gardens.
Owner: Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens
Size: 300 acres
Location: Kew, Richmond, Surrey
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