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Kew’s magnificent Victorian glasshouse will reopen in May

Samantha Willis

Get ready for the horticultural highlight of the year: after a five-year restoration project, the Temperate House at Kew Gardens is due to reopen in May. 

The glass structure (which is large enough to cover three Boeing 747s) will be twice as big as Kew’s Palm House and contain more rare plants from temperate climates than you can shake a bamboo stick at.

© Board of Trustees, RBG Kew

As the giant glass structure nears completion, finishing touches include spectacular water features throughout the building, winding pathways and a quick clean of 15,000 panes of glass using a truckload of Windolene. Theres a whole lot of replanting to be done, so let’s hope they have all their daisies in a row by May 5. 

The Temperate House at Kew Gardens will open its doors on May 5 2018.

Until then you can browse our list of hidden gardens and green spaces

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