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 …
Dale Chihuly displays his flowers, reeds, balls, herons and tendrils as if they come from nature…
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Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
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The Kew Gardens (Leases) No. 3 Bill will allow Kew Botanic Gardens to prosper for centuries to come.
Not your grandma’s flower garden.
‘Reflections on Nature’ features 32 artworks in 13 locations…
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.
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London is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are not all contained to the centre of the capital. Here, we take a look at a jewel in the crown of south west London, Kew Gardens. Where is…
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.
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The Temperate House is the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse! This substantial glasshouse is sited at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, which itself is a National Treasure and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Temperate House is a Grade I Listed Building. When this glasshouse’s refurbishment programme commenced work in 2013, the Temperate House was in a dilapidated condition, at this time the Temperate House was on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register.
As part of the ambitious project, which started in 2012 to repair and restore the Temperate House, this entire glasshouse has now undergone an extensive refurbishment programme. In order to carry out the necessary remedial works, the Temperate House was clad in approximately 180km of birdcage scaffolding and encased in a protective tent-like structure. The frame of the glasshouse was then sandblasted, all of the glass was removed and 150,000 panes of glass were replaced. Following these works, the entire structure was then repainted with 5,280 litres of paint! As a result of these substantial remedial works, the Temperate House now enjoys fully operational ventilation, new soil, and a new heating system.
Read more from source: Scott Taylor, Temperate House Supervisor – Pumpkin Beth
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.
For five years, visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, West London were confronted by a mass of scaffolding and plastic sheeting in the middle of the 121-hectare site along the River Thames. Hidden underneath was Kew’s gem, the Temperate House: the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse.
Now, the wrapping has been removed, and with a new lick of cream paint, reams of new glass and much-improved ventilation and irrigation systems, the glasshouse is once again ready to welcome the sun and thousands of annual tourists. The sparkling cathedral dedicated to protecting the world’s rarest and most threatened plants is once again ready to perform this vital task.
The Temperate House sits at the heart of the gardens, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. The gardens are home to Kew Palace, once a home for King George III’s large family. The British royal family enjoyed the gardens as a private paradise for almost a century before it opened as a public botanical garden in 1840.
Read more from source: World’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse reopens after $57M revamp
If you like customising UK tours, take a look at some of the exciting travel experiences that can be blended into tailor made tours for families, pre or post cruise extensions and imaginatively themed special interest tours. These and other bright ideas will transform your itineraries and help you impress your clients with your knowledge and connections.
Putting together these and other pieces of the Great British Jigsaw Puzzle is what I do as I transform your wish list into a unique “travel less, see more” value added UK tour…
Starting with a Seaweed Festival and a Giant Peach, here we go!
It’s All About Seaweed
Clovelly’s picturesque Seaweed Festival celebrates seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits, and it’s the only one of its kind in the UK. Several of the quayside kitchens will be serving a variety of dishes, while other stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products along with street entertainment, demonstrations, arts, crafts and live music talks. Expand the itinerary to include locations used in the filming of Doc Martin, Poldark, and some Arthurian myths and legends.
Read more from source: Seaweed, A Giant Peach, Spitfires and Bluebells