Kew’s Gigantic Victorian Glasshouse Is Reopening After 5 Years And £41m

The world’s largest glasshouse is reopening this May, and it looks set to be seriously incredible.

Not to be mistaken with Kew’s (also rather impressive) Palm House, the Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been undergoing an extensive Extreme Home Makeover-style revamp these past five years, and we’re extremely excited to see the end result.

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They’ve splashed out a whopping 41 million squid to freshen up the 1860s glasshouse and shine in a new lease of life. And, from the 5th May, you’ll be able to wander through the 1,500 different species of temperate plants (that’s plants that grow in mild climates) being housed within the glasshouse to your heart’s content.

[Photo: Kew]
The glasshouse is typically Victorian – as you can see from the smashing outfits shown in the illustration above – so a lot of care was taken to restore it whilst also preserving the original features. In the process 15,000 individual panes of glass were replaced, 69,000 individual elements were removed (and then either repaired or replaced), and 5,280 litres of paint were used. That’s enough to paint four football pitches… Although we’re not quite sure why you might want to do that.

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If you want any more information on the restorations that have been taking place at Kew Gardens, or any details about Kew Gardens itself then head to their website. Oh, and we’ve also put together an article about the amazing Kew Gardens Orchid Festival that’s happening there right now. Another fantastic Insta opportunity, so don’t miss out!

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