Kew Garden’s Temperate House houses plants from the world’s temperate regions. It rises to a height of 19 meter and covers almost 5000 square meters, four times larger than the Palm House, and making it the world’s largest surviving Victorian glass structure.
Among the plants housed by the House the tree ferns were my definite favourites, looking fine and ancient at the same time.
Right next to them was a small waterfall and a brook that led to a pond with large koi carp. Unfortunately the area right next to the pond was closed, but I still managed to catch a glimpse of the large fish from the elevated viewing platform that runs along the central section of the glass house.
The Temperate House was commissioned in 1859, and although the construction took 40 years to be completed, the years are definitely showing.
The lady who sold us the tickets to the Gardens told us that the Temperate House is due for renovation starting this summer. It is expected to take 5 years to complete, during which the structure will be closed. As a result, there were clear signs of the Temperate House being emptied with plants being potted to be moved to new locations, and with really large plants being cut down. I’m sure the renovation will only increase the splendour of the House, however, as all the displays at Kew Gardens are of an exceptional standard.