8 November 2019

Watch: Our Rock Garden explained

Find out why our beautiful Rock Garden is essential for our science, horticulture and conservation work.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

 Alpine plants in the Rock Garden

Our Rock Garden is a living collection of alpine plants from six mountainous and rocky regions of the world, from the European Alps to windswept Patagonia.

Originally built in 1882, Kew’s Rock Garden is one of the oldest and largest in the world.

Around 70% of the plants we display here are grown from seeds collected by our scientists in the wild.

Watch the video below to learn more about this stunning area of the Gardens and its important role in our science work.

Thomas Freeth, Rock Garden Supervisor at Kew, explains...

A waterfall in the Rock Garden

Visit our Rock Garden

A dramatic valley carved through the landscape with wild-collected plants from six mountainous regions of the world.

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