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An explosion of colour at Tropical Extravaganza 2012

Tropical Extravaganza 2012

Sat 04 February - Sun 04 March 2012, 9.30am - close

Ignite your senses at Kew's Tropical Extravaganza.
Discover amazing floral displays inspired by fire, air, water and earth.

Autumn colour on the Rock Garden

by: Joanne Everson, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
12 Oct 2011

After the heat wave of last week, the autumnal weather is now back to normal. But don't worry, there is plenty of colour to see on the Rock Garden. Look out for Crocus, Cyclamen and even an early snowdrop.

Snow surrounds the Palm House at Kew

Kew today - Escape the winter chill in Kew's Palm House

Escape the cold at Kew Gardens and discover our amazing plants in flower in the Palm House.

Indian horse chestnut (Aesculus indica)

Indian horse chestnut

Deer and squirrels eat Indian horse chestnut seeds, but they can be poisonous to humans. The small conkers contain a substance called aesculin, which destroys red blood cells.

Lower Nursery

Tropical Nursery

Beyond a pair of wrought iron gates near Kew Palace lies the Tropical Nursery. This is where Kew holds its reserve scientific collections and cultivates plants for use in displays within the Palm House, Temperate House, Waterlily House and Princess of Wales conservatories.

Titan arum

Titan arum

One of the most spectacular plants to be found in the wet tropics zone of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens is the titan arum. 

Jade Vine

Jade vine

The jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a member of the pea and bean family, and is best known for its hanging stems of jade-green flowers.

Compost Corner, Wakehurst Place

Compost Corner

Peat bogs are important habitats and valuable stores of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Waterlily House

Waterlily House

Please note: the Waterlily House is now closed for winter.
The Waterlily House was designed to exhibit the giant waterlily (Victoria amazonica) but the plant never thrived there. Today, one of its closest relatives, Victoria cruziana, inhabits the enclosed pond instead.

Princess of Wales Conservatory

Princess of Wales Conservatory

The Princess of Wales Conservatory recreates ten climatic zones. See Madagascan baobab trees, orchids from Central America and carnivorous plants from Asia.

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