Growing in Kew Gardens’ Temperate House

Main entrance to Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKView inside octagon part of the Temperate House looking out, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKCymbidium tracyanum, orchid species flower, flower with stripes and spots, Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UK

London’s Kew Gardens is home to the Temperate House, the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse. It was closed for renovations for five years, and reopened in 2018. The skilled staff at Kew have regrown its lush greenery, and it’s full of remarkable plants. During my visit there in early December, I found a couple of Cymbidiums in bloom. One was a great, colorful species, Cymbidium tracyanum, known for big flowers with dramatic spots and stripes.

Cymbidium tracyanum, orchid species flowers, flowers with stripes and spots, Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKCymbidium orchid hybrid flower, Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKCymbidium orchid hybrid flowers, Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UK

The Temperate House features plants that grow in mild climates around the world. The 628 foot (191 m) long structure is divided into five sections. There’s a large central area, which includes an upper walkway with great views. This space connects to two smaller octagonal glasshouses, which in turn connect to two medium-sized rectangular structures. Many of the 10,000 plants inside are rare and endangered in their native habitats. Kew works to conserve these species, and the Temperate House is essential to battling extinction.

View of plants in Temperate House from upper walkway, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKView of plants in Temperate House from upper walkway, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKWaterfall and plants inside the Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UK

Brugmansia sanguinea flower, Red Angel's Trumpet, Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKCamellia saluenensis flower, pink flower with water drops, Temperate House, large glasshouse, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UKTemperate House, large glasshouse with different sections, seen from outside, Kew Gardens, RBG Kew, London, UK

Now that the building has been open to the public for over a year and a half, its plantings are maturing, and reaching for the sky. Comparing my photos to Dave’s pictures from almost a year ago, it’s easy to see that the forest canopy is growing taller and denser. As a refuge for rare plants, and a showcase for Kew’s botanical wonders, the Temperate House has a bright future.

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