Restoring an architectural masterpiece
Opened in 1863, this Grade 1 listed building is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. Designed by the renowned architect Decimus Burton, this iconic building was in need of major restoration.
To return this gem of Kew’s heritage to its former botanic glory, a five-year restoration programme was launched in 2013. Everything from the ornate cast iron columns to the thousands of window panes were to be repaired or replaced.
Before re-opening in 2018 Kew is bringing the building facilities up-to-date, adding new pathways to provide easier access, and installing a new heating system to help our collection of rare and threatened plants flourish like they never have before.
By restoring this magnificent building we are ensuring its conservation, enhancing our botanic heritage, and delivering new cutting-edge displays, events and community activities – to offer a unique learning opportunity to see and study some of the world’s rarest plants.
Supporting world-class science
With plants from Asia to South Africa and the Mediterranean to the Pacific, the Temperate House will display the richness of the plant kingdom across all inhabited continents of the world. From rare cycads to threatened palms, the 1,500 plant species will form a unique botanic collection with unparalleled scientific, horticultural and historic value.
The Temperate House will play a vital role in Kew’s scientific and conservation work. Along with Kew’s wide range of collections, including the Millennium Seed Bank, our living plant collection is an essential resource for scientific research.
As we face global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and food security, it is critical that we continue to identify, understand and protect the world’s rare and threatened species – so that no matter what happens they are safeguarded from extinction.
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