The Palm House
The Palm House is the most significant surviving example of a Victorian glass and iron house.
Visit the Kew Gardens and explore this amazing indoor rainforest to find exotic species from some of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet.
It has become one of Kew’s most recognizable structures today and it recreates a rainforest climate.
The Canopy palms, climbers and epiphytes, shorter understorey plants and dwarf palms, recreate a multi-layered ecology.
Many of the plants in this collection are extinct or critically endangered in the wild.
Numerous species are being researched by Kew experts in order to develop new medications here.
Others are grown for their harvests of fruit, lumber, spices, and medicines. Hence, they are of enormous economic significance.
The indigenous people of Central America who lived deep within the tropical rainforests were the first to learn about the culinary qualities of Theobroma cacao almost 2,000 years ago.
Approximately 3,515,000 tonnes of cocoa were produced worldwide in 2008–2009.
This is the weight of a row of double-decker buses that would extend more than three times as far as Britain.
The Palm House in Kew Gardens is a living laboratory housing a varied collection of tropical plants.
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