In this post we are going to look at Kew Gardens, which is a botanical garden near London. There is a station near Kew, so you can get there easily from any part of London. Before heading off to visit Kew Garden, I recommend checking the planned closures.
The Treetop Walkway
It opened in May 2008. The walk is 18 meters above the ground and 200 meters long. From this height you can even see Temperate House, which is one of the greenhouses at Kew. The entire walkway is built across the trees, which allows you to get a closer look at the trees’ ecosystem. It gives you a completely different feeling of trees. The build was inspired by Fibonacci sequence, which is a mathematical sequence that goes like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55… The idea was to create an organic looking structure. The truss of the walkway is made of the intermediate supports. The sequence was used to determine the distance between them. These distances precisely matched the forces to support the truss.
The Great Pagoda
Here is another place to enjoy a nice view from a height of almost 50 meters above the ground. The tower was built in 1762 by the architect, William Chambers. It is located near the Temperate House.
The Temperate House
This greenhouse has collection of species of plants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Himalaya, tropical ocean islands, New Zealand, Central and South America. In total there are 10 000 plants. It is home to the unique plants, such as Kaka Beak, tree pincushion, Chilean wine palm and many others.
The Palm House
The green house perfectly mimics the conditions of the tropics, thus the plants grow extremely rapidly, as they would be in natural conditions. Palm House was constructed in 1844 and there was no other green house of this scale at the time. You might notice that it looks like upside down hull of a ship. This is because the architects used shipbuilding techniques to construct it. The reason behind the project was to keep plants that Victorian explorers brought from tropics. One of the specimens that struck us the most was Suicide palm. It lives for almost fifty years, blooms only once and then dies.
The Waterlily House
Designed and build in 1852 by Richard Turner. The main attraction here is the Victoria cruziana, which is an enormous waterlily, 1 meter in diameter. Originally it comes from South America. There is also the smallest waterlily in the world, Nymphaea thermarum. It is no longer found in wild and because it still exists in Kew Gardens, it has been stopped from extinction.
The Davies Alpine House
This greenhouse was designed to grow the plants that occupy Alpines. These types of flowers adapted to live in cramped places, like underneath or between the rocks, in sand or gravel, where it is difficult to obtain nutrients.
There are many other places you can visit: Kew Palace, The Marianne North gallery, The Arboretum, The Princess of Wales Conservatory, The Rose Garden, The Rock Garden, The Great Broad Walk Borders, The Grass Garden, The Children’s Garden, The Bamboo Garden and Minka House, The Arboretum, The Japanese Garden, The Mediterranean Garde and I can go on and on. Overall, this is an extraordinary place, which is worth visiting.