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Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew

PRINCESS OF WALES CONSERVATORY.


Just over an acre in size, the conservatory was designed by the architect Gordon Wilson and opened in 1987 its name honouring Princess Augusta, who was one of the leading founders of Kew. Five years earlier, the commission arose from the need to replace 26 small and dilapidated buildings with a modern, state-of-the-art structure. It is Kews third major glasshouse, yet the most complex and conserves plants from 10 climate zones via a computerised system. The distribution of plants from cooler climes around the outer areas, glass extending right to the ground and areas built underground minimise the consumed energy and maximises solar power. Water dragons are left to breed freely in Zone 1 as a mean of natural insect control. It is truly a diverse, magical place and has matured gracefully over the last 30 years.
 

1. Canna 2. Strongylodon 3. Pyrostegia 4. Tropics 5. Pelargonium 6. Piper 7. Lotus 8. Myriocarpa 9. Aloe 10. Nymphaea 11. Ficus 12. Agapetes 13. Pandanus 14. Alocasia 15. Anthurium 16. Hibiscus 17. Grevillea All photographs by Amir Schlezinger.

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  1. Canna


Canna

  2. Strongylodon macrobotrys


Strongylodon macrobotrys

  3. Pyrostegia venusta


Pyrostegia venusta

  4. Tropics

 
Tropics  

  5. Pelargonium cordifolium


Pelargonium cordifolium

  6. Piper obliquum


Piper obliquum

  7. Lotus maculatus


Lotus maculatus

8. Myriocarpa stipitata

 
Myriocarpa stipitata

9. Aloe volkensii

 
Aloe volkensii

10. Nymphaea 'Kew Stowaway Blues'

 
Nymphaea 'Kew Stowaway Blues'

11. Ficus villosa

 
Ficus villosa

12. Agapetes moorei

 
Agapetes moorei

13. Pandanus heterocarpus

 
Pandanus heterocarpus

14. Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Black Stem'

 
Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Black Stem'

15. Anthurium bonplandii subsp. guayanum

 
Anthurium bonplandii subsp. guayanum

16. Hibiscus schizopetalus

 
Hibiscus schizopetalus

17. Grevillea

 
Grevillea




amir   Written and posted by Amir Schlezinger.





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