Kew Royal Botanic Gardens In London
internationally important botanical research and education centre
I had an amazing day out to explore the beautiful Kew Gardens in London. Kew is an internationally important botanical research and education centre that houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the entire world.
A few statistics about Kew Gardens.
Size of Kew: 300 acres.
Number of staff: About 750 people.
History of site: Kew Gardens were formally started in 1759.
Living collection size: 30 thousand different types of plants.
Herbarium size: Over 7 million preserved specimens.
Library size: Over three quarter of a million volumes and over 175 thousand prints and drawings. The gardens at Kew are located in South West London, is a World Heritage Site and definitely one of London's top attractions. Kew Gardens are managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens and is sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Always behave yourself at Kew Gardens, not only is it the right things to do, but Kew has it's own on site Police force which was set up in 1847 called the Kew Constabulary, so the Police are never far away if you need them or have been up to no good.
Kew is also an internationally important botanical research and education institution.
There are some really interesting ornamental buildings on site to explore and photograph including the Pagoda, Japanese Gateway, Minka House, Queen Charlotte's Cottage, King William’s Temple, The Temple of Aeolus, The Temple of Arethusa, The Temple of Bellona, The Ruined Arch and the Ice House.
One of my favourite things there is Kew Palace which was built in 1631 by Samuel Fortrey. This is a very Dutch styled building and a part I took many photos of, the best of which are on this page. It may be the smallest out of all the British Royal Palaces, but it's still very impressive.
The Queen's Garden is located behind the Palace and only contains plants that were around in 17th century England, many of which were believed to have medicinal properties.
On the subject of Royals, my favourite member of the Royal family has always been the late Princess of Wales and here they have a very modern and geometric looking Conservatory which was not only named after her, but was opened back in 1987 by Diana, Princess of Wales. It's a very environmentally advanced building, taking much less energy to run the 4 and a half thousand square metre building than most similar structures.
Many of these photos were taken using a wide angle adapter instead of a wide angle lens, which can create a bit of a strange effect, but it was all I had at the time, hopefully one day I can go back and use my proper 10-20mm Sigma lens to get some better photos.
Location of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE