Kew’s Temperate House – Bringing the World’s Greatest Glasshouse Back to Life
London’s Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is known around the world for the heritage of its landscape, its hugely diverse plant collections, and its scientific research. Among its wealth of significant buildings is the Grade 1 listed Temperate House, completed in the late 1800’s to grow and display frost-tender plants from around the globe.
A recently completed 5 year restoration has brought the building back from the brink of ruin, and visitors can once again see the splendid ambition of the Victorian architects and engineers, together with extraordinary plants from the temperate world. Richard will provide an illustrated talk about the project, its challenges, surprises and ultimate success in bringing the world’s greatest glasshouse back to life.