|Location||London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England|
|Coordinates||51°28.480′N 0°17.728′W / 51.474667°N 0.295467°WCoordinates: 51°28.480′N 0°17.728′W / 51.474667°N 0.295467°W|
|Area||121 hectares (300 acres)|
|Visitors||more than 1.35 million per year|
|Public transit access||Kew Gardens|
|Official name||Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew|
|Criteria||Cultural: (ii), (iii), (iv)|
|Inscription||2003 (27th Session)|
|Area||132 ha (330 acres)|
|Buffer zone||350 ha (860 acres)|
Kew Gardens or the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in the United Kingdom.
Kew’s historic landscapes and buildings are a collection of gardens and parks and glasshouses.
Kew has the world's largest collection of plant specimens, and is one of the most important centres of research in botany.
Kew Gardens are open to visitors who pay to enter.
History[change | change source]
Early work on the gardens started in the 17th century when King Henry VII built Richmond Lodge in the area.
The land was a private royal garden until the Victorian era. In 1840, the Royal Botanic Garden was established.
The great expansion of the British Empire in the 19th century brought an expanded interest in exotic plants, so the gardens expanded.
In the 20th century, the gardens continued to grow larger and even more important in plant science.
The gardens were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
The Temperate glass house was fixed over 5 years. It opened again in 2018.
Gallery[change | change source]
Japanese garden at Kew in Spring
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 UNESCO, "Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew"; retrieved 2012-4-20.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew). About World Heritage Status Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-20.
- ↑ "Visit Kew | Kew". www.kew.org. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
- ↑ 16th & 17th Centuries: Royal Influences" Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-20.
- ↑ Kew, "Questions in Parliament 1837-1840" Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-20.
- ↑ Kew, "1841 - 1885: The expansion of the Royal Botanic Gardens" Archived 2012-04-23 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-20.
- ↑ Kew, "Unification and expansion of the Gardens" Archived 2012-04-22 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-20.
- ↑ "Temperate House | Kew". www.kew.org. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Kew Gardens at Wikimedia Commons
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew website Archived 2022-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Millennium Seed Bank Project
- Images and some highlights of Kew
- BBC, Marianne North collection of plant paintings