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Temperate House (closed until 2018)

The world’s largest remaining Victorian glasshouse, currently closed for vital restoration. Kew’s temperate plants are being cared for and refreshed through propagation in nursery glasshouses, ready for planting into new layouts and re-opening in 2018.

Kew's Temperate House

Kew's Temperate House

About the restoration

This vital restoration project includes:

  • restoration of the Temperate House building
  • restructuring the horticultural displays
  • rejuvenating the existing historic botanical collection
  • setting up a community outreach programme, apprenticeship scheme and volunteer programme
  • creating a new arm to Kew’s schools education programme, encouraging children and young people to learn more about plants and climate change

What makes the Temperate House unique

  • The Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, covering 4,880 square metres (5,5850 square yards) and extending to 19 metres (63 feet) high.
  • It is a Grade I listed building, was designed by Decimus Burton and took 40 years to build.
  • The Temperate House is host to a unique collection of over 4,000 plants, many no longer growing in the wild. It is not only architecturally unique but plays an important conservation role.  

Help us restore the Temperate House

Last restored in the early 1970s, the Temperate House again needs considerable work and restoration if we are to ensure that it can last another 150 years and beyond.

Kew needs your help if we are to be able to carry out this complex and ambitious restoration; we still need to raise £1 million. Please make a donation today and become a part of the campaign to renew and reinvigorate Kew’s Temperate House.

Donate now