Kew Gardens, known officially as 'The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew', was built in 1759 in Richmond Upon Thames, London, and is made up of nearly 300 acres of gardens and botanical greenhouses. The Gardens boast over 30,000 different living species of plants, and their herbarium, one of the largest in the world, contains more than 7 million examples of preserved flora and fauna. That's not to mention the 750,000 tomes held within Kew Gardens library, or their 175,000 strong collection of paintings and drawings of different plants! Kew Gardens are also renowned for their 4 beautiful Grade I listed buildings, along with another 36 Grade II listed structures!
Attractions and Exhibitions at the Kew Gardens include the Davies Alpine House, which was added in 2006, and houses a regularly rotated display of 200 Alpine plants at a time (Kew Gardens actually have over 7000 Alpine plants). There are also several Japanese style buildings and attractions, including the Chokushi-Mon, which is a scaled-down replica of a temple in Kyoto, and has been housed in the Gardens for over 100 years, as well as a Japanese 'minka' house.
Kew Gardens even have their very own palace - Kew Palace, which was built in 1631 and was majorly restored before being opened to the public in 2006. This is the only area of the Gardens that charges an extra entrance cost to view it. Then there is 'Museum No 1', which displays a very interesting collection of gardening tools, decorations, antique clothing, and different foods and medicines that would have been used over the centuries. The museums purpose is to educate people, and to open their eyes to just how much we actually rely on the plants we know so little about.
There is an endless list of attractions and exhibitions at Kew Gardens, some others of which include the Nash Conservatory (which was originally designed for Buckingham Palace),the Orangery, the Pagoda, the Princess of Wales Conservatory and much, much more.
After 250 years of being in business, Kew Gardens now attract around 2 million visitors each year, who can enjoy free tours of the beautiful gardens, conducted by well-trained volunteers, that take place at 11am and 2pm each day.
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