Kew Gardens (4), London, England
Because of the surrounding trees I wasn't able to get back far enough to show just how long this building is. This shows the large central section with smaller structures each side and further wings each side of those beyond the edges of the picture.
There are African plants in the South Wing and Octagon, sub-tropical trees and palms in the main rectangular hall, and temperate plants from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific in the North Wing and Octagon.
A boiler helps keep the temperature to a minimum ten degrees Centigrade all year round. The sun provides a little extra warmth for the heat-loving South African plants at the southern end of the glasshouse.
There is a high level walkway around the central part of the Temperate House and this is the spiral staircase to get you there. The walkway is about 30 feet above the floor and there is another stairway at the far end of the main hall.
|More of the walkway
The Chilean Wine Palm in the Temperate house is, as you can see, very tall especially so for a glasshouse. The last time it was measured it was 58 feet high so that roof must be a very long way up.
This tree was raised from a seed planted twenty years before the Temperate House was built.
|More around the Temperate House