In pics: Kew Gardens reopens to public; Xuahia; Xinhua

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We went to Kew Gardens and this is what we honestly thought; Ellie McKinnell; My London

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In pics: Temperate House of Kew Gardens in London; Shi Yinglun; Xinhua

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A day out at Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Jessica Taylor; Evening Standard

London is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are not all contained to the centre of the capital. Here, Jessica Taylor takes a look at a jewel in the crown of south west London, Kew Gardens. Where is…

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

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Kew Gardens houses the most diverse collection of living plants on the planet.

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The world’s largest Victorian greenhouse has reopened in London; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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If you have green fingers, you may put wish to put the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in London on your travel list. It has just reopened the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the Temperate House, after a five-year restoration at a cost of £41 million ($55 million). This was deemed necessary because of its advancing age and the complex internal conditions required to maintain the plants it houses.

More than 5280 litres of paint were used on the 4880-square-metre glasshouse, which was originally built in 1860 and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The Grade I-listed structure was stripped back to bare metal by 400 staff members and contractors, who worked in phases on the project.

It was a lengthy and complex construction project, during which a total of 69,000 individual elements were removed from the building and cleaned, repaired or replaced, including 15,000 panes of glass and 116 urns.

Throughout its history, the Temperate House has been home to some of Kew’s most fascinating and noteworthy plants. The greenhouse is now home to a collection of 10,000 plants from temperate climates around the world, and these include some of the rarest specimens and those under threat.

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Charmed by Kew Gardens’ treasures; Steve McKenna; West Australian

Steve McKenna is charmed by the bucolic surrounds at Kew, well away from London’s hustle and bustle.

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A memorable visit to London’s Kew Gardens; Pu Chien; Borneo Post Online

Pu Chien and family recently had the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, England. The 121ha site is an important botanical research and educational institution with 700 staff. It attracts two million visitors a year. It was created in 1759 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. The gardens were declared a World Heritage Site…

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