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Themed plant collections

Whatever time of year you visit, our large and varied plant collection is a delight throughout the seasons. Take a long walk and see stunning autumnal colours in our Arboretum, enjoy the peace and beauty of our densely planted Bamboo Garden and don't miss the Grass Garden with its feathery seedheads catching the light in late summer and throughout the winter.

Berberis flowers
Berberis Dell was created between 1869 and 1875. It was once a gravel pit and is Kew's third-biggest excavation after the Lake and Rhododendron Dell.
Cherry trees in blossom on a spring day
Cherry Walk runs from the Rose Garden behind the Palm House to King William's Temple, and then on to the Temperate House.
In October 2001 Kew staff spent a fortnight preparing and planting 336,000 bulbs of glory of the snow (Chionodoxa siehei) in the lawn between the Orangery and White Peaks shop and café.
Holly Walk. Autumn
Stretching for 1,030 metres, Holly Walk is one of Europe’s most comprehensive collections of mature hollies.
King William's Temple and the Mediterranean Garden
Built in 1837 for Queen Victoria, King William's Temple stands on a mound on Cherry Walk in the Mediterranean Garden.
The Japanese Minka house stands in the Bamboo Garden between the Lake and River Thames.
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.
The Redwood Grove
On the southern side of Cedar Vista, about halfway between the Pagoda and River Thames, stands Kew's Redwood Grove.
Growing conditions are favourable for Rhododendrons within the Dell as the River Thames runs parallel to the area, increasing humidity. The soil is treated with high acidity mulch to reduce the pH levels
The Rhododendron Dell is believed to date back to Kew's early days. In around 1734, Charles Bridgeman created a sunken garden on the Richmond Estate (now the western half of Kew).
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.