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Restoring the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

29 July 2013

The Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. From 5 August 2013, Kew is undertaking a vital five year restoration project to restore the glasshouse and its surrounding landscape.

Restoring the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

In the 1850s, Victorian plant hunters were bringing back ever more plant species from around the globe to Kew Gardens. As a result, Kew needed somewhere new to house its growing collection of plants. The director at the time, Sir William Hooker, commissioned architect Decimus Burton to begin work on a new glasshouse in 1859. The Temperate House was officially opened in 1863. 

Kew would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Defra, Eddie and Sue Davies, The Garfield Weston Foundationa, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and other supporters of this vital restoration project. 

We still need to raise an additional £1 million

Kew has raised a significant proportion of the funds needed to complete this vital restoration project, but we still need to raise an additional £1 million.

Whether you visit the Gardens and the Temperate House regularly, or haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit, you can play a part in saving our heritage and securing our future.

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