TQ1876 : Temperate House

taken 10 years ago, near to Kew, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

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Temperate House
Temperate House
The Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. Covering 4,880 square metres (5,850 square yards) and extending to 19 metres (63 feet) high.

Kew director Sir William Hooker commissioned Decimus Burton to begin work on the glasshouse in 1859. With voracious Victorian collectors bringing back ever more species from around the globe, Kew needed somewhere to house its growing collection of semi-hardy and temperate plants. The Temperate House was officially opened, unfinished, in 1863. Because costs had soared during construction, it was not completed for another four decades

Today, Kew’s Temperate House is arranged according to Decimus Burton’s original plan. The South Wing and Octagon are home to African plants, the main rectangular hall hosts sub-tropical trees and palms, while the North Wing and Octagon contain temperate plants from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. A boiler in the nearby Stable Yard helps keep the temperature to a minimum 10°C all year round. The sun provides a little extra warmth for the heat-loving South African plants at the southern end of the glasshouse
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The Gardens were established in 1759. The gardens are responsible for the world's largest collection of living plants. The site houses four Grade I and thirty six Grade II listed buildings. The gardens were designated UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003.
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Saturday, 30 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 1 November, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 18526 76435 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.4683N 0:17.6871W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 18556 76417
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