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Location address: United Kingdom, Richmond-upon-Thames
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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to as Kew Gardens and also using the brand name Kew, is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 750 staff. Its chief executive is the current Director, Richard Deverell.
Kew was the location of the successful effort in the 19th century to propagate rubber trees for cultivation outside South America.
The Kew Gardens Palm House was built by architect Decimus Burton and iron-maker Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848/ It was the first large-scale structural use of wrought iron. The structure’s panes of glass are all hand-blown.
Linked themes: Architecture