The Palm House is one of the first structures you come across upon entering the Gardens via Victoria Gate. It was built 1844-1848 and holds (as the name suggests) a collection of palm trees and other tropical plants.
The interior is clad with mature greenery and as the humidity is quite high it is almost as if someone has taken a sliver of rainforest and encapsulated it in a cage of glass to finally plop it down in the Gardens.
As the central nave of the Palm House is almost 20 meter high, the trees are allowed to reach a significant height which makes them very impressive when viewed from below.
A very nice feature is a walkway at a height of 9 meter from the floor, which allows one to overlook the interior of the glasshouse from another point of view, bringing one closer to the trees that otherwise would be distanced by their height.
I found the Palm House very enjoyable! The display is very attractive, and for those with an interest in Victorian embellishment will find plenty to admire.
Next up: the Temperate House!