3 July 2003 the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was officially
inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The eminence of Kew today is thanks to a succession of avid
collectors, visionary scientists, inspired landscape architects
and redoubtable gardeners who, over the centuries, have grown
and developed the gardens, and the collections they contain.
But why Kew? Why these particular 300 acres on this specific
bend of the Thames in south-west London?