KEW GARDENS ROCK GARDEN.
The Rock Garden, next to the Princess of Wales Conservatory, dates back to 1882. The 150-metre meandering valley was created by raising limestone rocks, which present a natural setting as well as good drainage. In the next 75 years the rocks have been replaced a few times until Sussex sandstone was fully settled to provide better moisture retention. There are 6 climate regions represented from Europe to Australia. A waterfall at the centre creates a wonderful transition and compliments the rocks well. Started with a donation of 3,000 alpines in the 19th century, it continued to grow in the 20th century with work on the conservatory and into the 21st century with the addition of the Davies Alpine House. It is an important collection, ever expanding and representing Kew’s plant conservation throughout the world.
1. Tulipa saxatilis 2. Tulipa whittallii 3. Tulipa humulis 4. Erysimum bicolor 5. Pulsatilla halleri subsp. halleri var. segusiana 6. Ribes magellanicum aff. subsp. parviflorum 7. Eucalyptus gregsoniana 8. Fritillaria 9. Pittosporum tenuifolium 10-11. Betula davurica
All photographs by Amir Schlezinger.