Princess of Wales Conservatory


No, it's not dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales although she opened it in July 1987. Rather, it commemorates Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales. She married Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1736 (for whom Frederick City & Frederick Co, MD are named). Although Prince Frederick died in 1751, Princess Augusta had quite the fruitful and useful life afterwards. After all, she planted the first nine acres of garden at Kew, the nucleus of today's Kew Gardens.

The Princess of Wales Conservatory presents ten separate environments. It covers everything from dry climes, complete with cactus and succulents, to tropical settings, where the Victoria amazonica thrives. If you are paying attention, you might also see lizards, which are used for biological control, and certain other species, including aquatic fauna.

Copyright KG Whitehurst