Kew Gardens (8), London, England
The Princess of Wales Conservatory is vast. There is more than one entrance but we entered via the door at the west end which took us into the Themed Displays Zone part of which is shown in the picture.
Wheelchair users can do a circular tour around the perimiter paths but a number of the other paths inside the perimeter path will be inaccessible because of changes in level accessed by steps only as shown here.
This is a small part of the pond in the Tropical Rainforest Zone and the picture includes some dangling roots of mangroves on the right and a higher level walkway is visible on the left.
There are numerous tropical plant displays which are often very colourful.
The main part of the pond contains the Asian form of the giant waterlily Euryale ferox. This plant has huge leaves that can span over 2 yards and are strong enough to take the weight of a baby without sinking (Don't try it!).
There is also access to a lower level where there are viewing windows so visitors can see the pond from a fish's eye view.
The door on the left gives access to the carnivorous plants gallery.
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