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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens has one of the most diverse collections of living plants of any botanic garden in the world. From the vast Arboretum to an Alpine rock garden, there's something to see in every corner.


Kew Gardens

This historic landscape garden features elements that illustrate significant periods in garden design from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It has extensive botanic collections such as conserved plants, living plants and documents that have been considerably enriched through the centuries.

Since their creation in 1759, the Royal Botanic Gardens have made a significant contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany, and formed a unique testimony to developments in garden art that were subsequently diffused around the world.

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Did you know..?

Kew’s Pagoda was completed in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of the Gardens. It was one of several Chinese buildings designed for Kew by Sir William Chambers, who had spent time travelling and studying the architecture of East Asia.

In 1772, King George III inherited the Kew estate and joined it with the royal estate in Richmond – two gardens became one. Hence the plural not the singular of the name!

It may be hard to imagine now but the Palm House used to be entirely green. The original ironwork was painted a deep blue-green colour and the glass panels were green-tinted. It was believed this helped the plants inside the glasshouse grow, which was later recognised as a mistake.


Location: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Country: United Kingdom

Year of Inscription: 2003

UNESCO Criteria: (ii), (iii), (iv)

Contact information:

For more information about Kew Gardens, visit the website or contact visitor information on +44(0) 20 8332 5655

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