ENGLAND: Surrey – Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE

t 020 8332 5655


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Photograph courtesy of Kew Gardens

The Collection

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is a stunning building opened in 1987. It comprises ten computer-controlled climate zones, with the majority of the area given over to plant from the dry tropics and wet tropics. There are orchids, water lilies, carnivorous plants and bromeliads, as well as cacti and succulents within these various zones. The collection of cacti extends outside the conservatory where some hardier species grow.

Nearest BCSS Branch

Kingston-upon-Thames: www.kingston.bcss.org.uk

Meetings are held in Kingston. Please see the Branch website for meeting dates and programme.

A Member’s View

While the collection may appear limited to the expert grower, those in the BCSS who are ‘in the know’ have seen the reference collection hidden away behind the scenes. This is available to view only by special invitation but there’s still plenty to see in the arid zone. The gardens are world class, truly stunning, and one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. You need a whole day here to do it justice.

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