Was there one moment you can remember that sparked your love of airplanes? For many, it came from idle moments watching planes from afar either as a passenger in the terminal or as a bystander near the airport. The slightly more advanced version of this, plane spotting, is incredibly popular with both photographers and aviation …
Sculptures created by the world’s best known glass artist have gone on display at Kew Gardens. From tomorrow visitors will be able to see 32 sculptures at 13 locations across the UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens in west London.
The Great Pagoda at Kew, on the outskirts of London in the UK, is now alive with seventy-two 3D printed dragons. In the original project for the Royal Botanic Gardens, 3D Systems has applied large-scale selective laser sintering (SLS) technology to help restore the 256 year-old building back to its former glory. Now, for the […]
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.
Like love and marriage, London’s green spaces are inextricably linked to Britain’s royal family — and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are no exception. This spring there is much talk of romance in the run-up to Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry. What better place to feel the love than among the acres of blossoms, rolling green lawns and ancient woodland that make up these royal gardens.
Kew, founded in 1840, is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the world’s biggest collection of rare and exotic plants. Here, you can find musk roses, sweet violets, bergamot and heartsease — otherwise known as the love potion in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”— among lily pads the size of coffee tables and flowers so tiny you need a magnifying glass to see them.
Early in May, Kew’s magnificent Temperate Greenhouse — the largest Victorian glasshouse on Earth — was unveiled after a five-year restoration and showcases more than 10,000 exotic plants from around the world.