‘The loneliest plant in the world’: Inside Kew Gardens, the most diverse of plants collection on Earth; Steve McKenna; Traveller

UK – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Touted as the largest Victorian-era glasshouse in the world, designed by the celebrated architect Decimus Burton, Temperate House first opened to the public in 1863. After a five-year, $75 million makeover, which involved installing 15,000 new panes of glass and redecorating its metal frame with over 5000 litres of paint (enough to cover four football pitches), it’s once again the gleaming “jewel in the crown” of Kew Gardens, housing over 10000 plants from the world’s so-called “Goldilocks” zones (basically frost-free climates that are never too hot or too cold).

Sir David Attenborough called it a “breathtakingly beautiful space” when unveiling it in early May, and it’s hard to disagree, especially today, with the sun streaming through the roof during one of London’s sporadic, mood-enhancing good weather weeks, when there are few more pleasant places to be than Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage site by the River Thames on London’s bucolic western fringes.

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