Kew Gardens is a dazzling assortment of gardens and glass houses disseminated in a mammoth area of 3000 acres. Located on the south bank of the Thames River between Richmond and Kew, the Kew Gardens houses an unthinkable array of attractions with delightful landscapes, formal gardens and green houses.
The Kew Gardens was founded by Lord Capel of Tewkesbury and was later extended by Princess Augustan and after some temporary set backs, was enlarged into the massive venue it is today. The captivating glass houses are some of the most fascinating features in the garden and these constitute of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the Palm House, the Temperate House, Alpine House and many other alluring glass structures. The Prince of Wales Conservatory was built to acknowledge the service rendered by Princess Augusta and contains a fine display of plants in an enticing natural setting. The conservatory’s most highlighted feature is its ten climate zones each contributing to the needs of diverse plant groups. Kew Gardens was adorned by a variety of Alpine Houses since 1887 but today the Kew Alpine collection is housed in an outstanding Alpine House which was established in 2006.
The formal Gardens collection has a mass array of gardens such as the Colour Spectrum, Secluded Garden, Rose Garden, Bamboo Garden and the Azalea Garden, each excelling due to its perpetual charm and elegance. Kew’s wildlife and conservation related areas are yet another appealing feature with a range of attractions such as the Compost Heap, Gravel Pit, Bee Garden and Stag Beetle Loggery. The Stag Beetle Loggery is a unique sky scraper style structure constructed to encourage the breeding of the stag beetle, Britain’s biggest native beetle while the Compost Heap deals with extensive composting programmes. The gardens are also home to a themed plant collection allowing its visitors to enjoy a splendid range of themed gardens such as the Lilac Garden, Marine Display, Rose Garden, Grass Garden, Holly Walk and Crocus Carpet. Its endless attractions also include a number of museums and galleries and Kew Gardens also hosts a variety of research and educational programmes throughout the year.
With such a varied array of attractions the Kew Gardens, also known as The Royal Botanical Gardens surpasses as one of the must see attractions in London. A wide range of hotels in London provide convenient access to this renowned site.