A Grand Day out at Kew Pt 2. Alpine House to Palm House and Beyond…. 2013


A Grand Day out at Kew Gardens. : The Alpine House into the Palms House..

Following on from my last Kew post, after I left the Princess of Wales Conservatory, you find yourself at the start of the rock garden with Alpine Plants and the fairly new Davies Alpine House, which is the latest addition to Kew’s glasshouses. It opened in 2006, the first new glasshouse to be commissioned for two decades.

I was surprised to find not many Alpine Plants showing well though out the rock garden, so I spent most of my time in the Alpine House.

The Davis Greenhouse.

The Davis Greenhouse.

 

The following text is taken from the Kew Website.

“Although the glasshouse is only 16 metres (50 feet) long, its roof reaches ten metres (33 feet) high. This creates a stack effect that draws in cool air through permanent openings on either side and releases warm air through vents in the roof. Meanwhile, a fan blows air through a concrete labyrinth beneath the ground. The air cools on its convoluted journey and is released into the glasshouse through steel pipes. The panes of glass are 12mm thick and have a low iron content which allows over 90 per cent of light through. Meanwhile, fan-like shades on the east and west sides of the glasshouse protect plants from the most intense heat of the summer sun.”

Rock Garden, waiting to come to life.

Rock Garden, waiting to come to life.

Inside the Alpine House, there is a small planted section, and two areas where plants in pots are bought in whilst they look at their best.

Pots of Bulbs

Pots of Bulbs

Tropeaolum brachyceras from Chile.

Tropeaolum brachyceras from Chile.

Fritillaria pudica

Fritillaria pudica

A lovely little planted out area.

A lovely little planted out area.

Some plants planted, some plants plunged in pots.

Some plants planted, some plants plunged in pots.