The Palm House

The Palm House is one of the "glass palaces" of Kew Gardens. It was designed by Decimus Burton and built by Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848. Made of iron and glass, much of technology for its completion came from the ship building industry.  As a result, it is now an item of historical architectural interested and is a grade one listed building.  Between 1984 and 1989, it was restored to its full Victorian glory.

When you come into the Palm House, you come into a square (the Centre Transept) that holds palms from the Americas. The south wing holds palms from Africa; the north wing, palms from Asia, Australasia, and the Pacific. I have to admit to not being particularly careful in my photography of the plants. Where I can identify plants, I will. Otherwise, I took the picture because I liked the structure, the understructure, the flowers or the roots of the plants. 

The message from Kew on palms--they're second only to grasses in their importance to people, but they're from tropical rainforests, one of the most, if not the most, threatened biosphere on Earth.


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