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Gnomus: caretaker of the Earth

Follow Gnomus the giant gnome around the Temperate House as he shares stories about the amazing plant collection inside. From July to September 2018.

Event details

Daily from 21 July to 2 September.

The Temperate House


Included with entry to the gardens

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Larger-than-life puppet

Meet Gnomus, a giant puppet who will lead you on a story-filled adventure through the world's temperate lands.

The last survivor of an ancient race, Gnomus is a font of knowledge. As 'caretaker of the Earth', he's emerged from his underground home to check on the plants at the Temperate House.

In a gift to Kew, Gnomus is sharing special stories that show children how important it is to value and learn about some of the world's rarest and most endangered species. 

Performances will last 15 minutes. Please check times at the gate upon arrival into the gardens.

Gnomus is brought to you by Puppets with GUTS..

The world's greatest glasshouse

Kew's Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, and is home to some of the world’s rarest and most threatened plants.

Explore the rich and varied plant life - you'll find 1,500 species from temperate regions around the world.

Discover the history of the Temperate House and the significance of its plants through tours, exhibitions and talks.

Our friendly volunteers will be waiting to meet you in the Temperate House, ready with stories to share and facts to unearth.

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Kew would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Defra, Eddie and Sue Davies, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The Linbury Trust, The Hartnett Conservation Trust, and other supporters.

Thanks also to donors supporting the Horticultural and Construction Apprenticeships, including the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, the Buffini Chao Foundation, Make My Day Better, The Ingram Trust, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Finnis Scott Foundation, the Ernest Cook Trust, CHK Charities Limited, the Sandra Charitable Trust, the Vandervell Foundation, the Radcliffe Trust, the Eranda Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, the Lake House Charitable Foundation, the Helen Hamlyn Trust, the February Foundation, and other supporters.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

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