13 October 2020

Quiz: Are you a Kew glasshouse whizz?

Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Kew's glasshouses.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

View of the Palm House at sunset

From the humid tropical rainforest to the chilly peaks of the Alps, our glasshouses here at Kew offer you the chance to travel the world. 

Do you know our Palm House from Davies Alpine House? Take our 15-question quiz on Kew's glasshouses to test your knowledge and scroll down for the answers. Good luck!

1. What is the hottest glasshouse at Kew?

A. Palm House

B. Waterlily House

C. Temperate House

D. Princess of Wales Conservatory

Close-up photography of water droplets on leaf
Close-up photography of water droplets on leaf © Ines Stuart-Davidson

2. Where would you find this Japanese maple growing?

A. Temperate House

B. Bonsai House

C. Palm House

D. Davies Alpine House

Japanese maple at Kew
Japanese maple, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

3. The Palm House used to be what colour?

A. Black

B. Red

C. Blue

D. Green

Exterior view of the Palm House in bright sunlight
Palm House, RBG Kew / Thom Hudson

4. Which glasshouse is home to a redtail catfish as old as the glasshouse itself?

A. Princess of Wales Conservatory

B. Waterlily House

C. Temperate House

D. Palm House

Redtail catfish swimming in tank
Redtail catfish © Serstef/Wikimedia Commons

5. How many gallons of water does the Waterlily House pond contain?

A. 500

B. 2,000

C. 8,000

D. 12,000

Waterlily House pond
Waterlily House pond, Andrew McRobb © RBG Kew

6. A creature called Techno lives in the Palm House. What animal is it?

A. Common frog

B. Parakeet

C. Chinese water dragon

D. Hedgehog

Inside the Palm House
Inside the Palm House, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

7. Our Princess of Wales Conservatory holds an annual festival of which plant family?

A. Lily

B. Daisy

C. Orchid

D. Rose

Aerial view of Princess of Wales Conservatory
Aerial view of the Princess of Wales Conservatory © Andrew McRobb/RBG Kew

8. Our Wood's cycad (Encephalartos woodii) in the Temperate House is known as what?

A. The tallest plant at Kew

B. The smallest plant at Kew

C. The prettiest plant at Kew

D. The loneliest plant at Kew

Encephalartos Woodii in the Temperate House, RBG Kew / Jeff Eden
Encephalartos Woodii in the Temperate House, RBG Kew / Jeff Eden

9. Which industry helped inform the design and construction of the Palm House?

A. Shipbuilding

B. Automotive

C. Textile

D. Aerospace

Palm House interior then and now
Palm House interior then and now © RBG Kew | © Ellen McHale/RBG Kew

10. The Temperate House is home to how many individual plants?

A. 1,000

B. 10,000

C. 100

D. 100,000

The Temperate House

11. Where in the Gardens does our Davies Alpine House sit?

A. Natural Area

B. Rock Garden

C. Rhododendron Dell

D. The Lake

Davies Alpine House at Kew

12. How many panes of glass is the Temperate House made up of?

A. 1,000

B. 4,000

C. 15,000

D. 30,000

Temperate House
Temperate House © RBG Kew

13. How many different climate zones does the Princess of Wales Conservatory have?

A. 10

B. 20

C. 5

D. 2

View of species from the dry tropics in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

14. At the time of its opening, the Waterlily House was record-breaking for being what?

A. The tallest glasshouse in the world

B. Home to the highest number of different species under one roof

C. The smelliest glasshouse in the world

D. The widest single-span glasshouse in the world

Waterlily House pond
Waterlily House pond © RBG Kew

15. Which glasshouse first opened in 1987?

A. Temperate House

B. Davies Alpine House

C. Princess of Wales Conservatory

D. Bonsai House

Modified, tubular leaves with hooded open lids of the purple pitcher plant
Purple pitcher plants © RBG Kew

Answers

1. What is the hottest glasshouse at Kew?

B. Waterlily House

Unearth the secrets of the Waterlily House

2. Where would you find this Japanese maple growing?

B. Bonsai House

Boost your bonsai knowledge

3. The Palm House used to be what colour?

D. Green

Learn more about our iconic glasshouse

4. Which glasshouse is home to a redtail catfish as old as the glasshouse itself?

A. Princess of Wales Conservatory

Find out more fun facts about the Princess of Wales Conservatory 

5. How many gallons of water does the Waterlily House pond contain?

D. 12,000

Discover how we grow giant waterlilies at Kew

6. A creature called Techno lives in the Palm House. What animal is it?

C. Chinese water dragon

See what Techno looks like

7. Our Princess of Wales Conservatory holds an annual festival of which plant family?

C. Orchid

Keep up to date with the latest about our orchid festival

8. Our Wood's cycad (Encephalartos woodii) in the Temperate House is known as what?

D. The loneliest plant at Kew

Will this lonely plant ever find a partner?

9. Which industry helped inform the design and construction of the Palm House?

A. Shipbuilding

Explore the Palm House

10. The Temperate House is home to how many individual plants?

B. 10,000

Get clued up on the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse

11. Where in the Gardens does our Davies Alpine House sit?

B. Rock Garden

Visit our alpine glasshouse

12. How many panes of glass is the Temperate House made up of?

C. 15,000

Travel the world in this glittering cathedral

13. How many different climate zones does the Princess of Wales Conservatory have?

A. 10

Travel from the deserts to the tropics in this glassy wonderland

14. At the time of its opening, the Waterlily House was record-breaking for being what?

D. The widest single-span glasshouse in the world

Meet our record-breaking waterlilies

15. Which glasshouse first opened in 1987?

C. Princess of Wales Conservatory

Explore the conservatory's array of fascinating plants

Your score

Add up your score out of 15 to see if you're an expert or amateur...

11 or above: You're a Kew glasshouse whizz with shatterproof knowledge!

6 to 10: Cracking effort, you know your glasshouses

1 to 5: That wasn't too pane-ful but polish up your facts

0: It's crystal clear you need some glasshouse revision

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Drosera venusta, a plant at Kew

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