Kew Gardens or Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew Gardens or Royal
The Kew Gardens are
extensive gardens and botanical glasshouses
in London sponsored by the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The
garden was constructed in 1759 and had
become a very important botanical research
and education institution. The current
director is Professor Stephen D. Hopper,
succeeding Professor Peter Crane. The Kew
Gardens us being run by Royal Botanic
Gardens, which also run Wakehurst Place
gardens in Sussex. This attraction is being
maintained by 700 staffs.
Being a leading center of botanical
research, the Kew Gardens are composed of
conservatories, herbarium, library and
eating places. In fact, it has one of the
largest herbarium in the world, with seven
million specimens for taxonomic study.
Among the attractions in the Kew Gardens are
the Alpine house, Chokushi-Mon, Guided
walks, International Garden Photographer of
the Year Exhibition, Kew Palace, Minka
house, Marianne North Gallery, Museums,
Pagoda, Queen Charlotte's Cottage,
Rhizotron, Sackler Crossing, Shirley
Sherwood Gallery, Treetop walkway, Vehicular
tour and Waterlily house.
Plant collections in the Kew Gardens include
The Arboretum, Carnivorous Plants, Cacti,
Alpine, Bonsai, Grass, Rhodedendron, Azalea,
Bamboo, Rose, Berberis, Lilac, Juniper,
Herbaceous Grounds, Fern and Orchid.
Kew has also established two out-stations,
at Wakehurst Place in Sussex, a National
Trust property, and Bedgebury Pinetum in
Kent that specializes in growing conifers.