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.