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Formal gardens

Wander through Kew's varied gardens, each specially planted and themed to give a different impression and a unique experience.

Azalea garden in full bloom at Kew Gardens
Kew created its first Azalea Garden in 1882, on the site of a former American garden.
A flowerbed in bloom in the summer
The walled Duke's Garden was formerly the private garden for Cambridge Cottage.
Palm House Parterres on a summer day with Museum No 1 in the background
In 1848, when construction of the Palm House finished, William Andrews Nesfield created an intricate geometric pattern of beds, or parterre, to surround it.
Rose pergola in bloom
The area that today contains the Plant Family Beds and Rose Pergola was originally a kitchen garden that supplied fruit and vegetables to the royal family.
This symmetrical parterre enclosed in box hedging is part of Kew's 17th century style Queen's Garden
The Queen's Garden is a charming 17th century style garden situated behind the Dutch House (Kew Palace).
Photo of the Kew Rock Garden
Kew dabbled in creating small rock features in the mid-19th century but only constructed a substantial rock garden in 1882.

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