Kew Gardens has the most diversity of living plants from around the world. While Keukenhof is known for it’s flower, this garden have the largest collection of fungi. Kew works around the world with different habitats, many of them is threatened. This garden have built incredible information resources. That is about the diversity of plants and fungi, about their properties. Because the plants and fungi is provide food, drugs, and they are key players in all ecosystems in the world. Today, one in five species are threatened with extinction.
Millenium Seed Bank
In the Kew gardens, there are the seed bank known as “Millenium Seed Bank”. This bank work together with their partner around the world. Most important, the bank conserving seed samples of bankable species on earth. The MSB have partnerships with amount 160 institutes in 80 countries across the world.
The Temperate House
Kew have the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse called Temperate House. This place is home of some rare and endangered plants. The house also known as the home of 10.000 plants.
The Waterlily House
The waterlily house is the most humid and the hottest environment in the garden. This house is built to accomodate the giant Amazon water lily. The shape of the flower worked like a primitive trap forcing the insects to stumble about and bump into the plant’s reproductive structures. So the insects transferred onto the waterlily pollen. The plants could trick insects into transporting their pollen directly from one plant to another with a door-to-door service.
The Palm House
This house is the Australasian collection home. There are so many potted plants in this house, palms mainly but also the tropical trees such as Mango, Banana, Zingiber, and many more. As it names, this house have a lot of palm trees from different species. You can see the Kerriodoxa elegans, rare palms from Thailand.
Kew Virtual Tours
During the pandemic of corona virus, Kew Garden is open limited numbers of visitor. Those special visitor can enjoy the fresh air in the garden. But don’t be a worry, as the Keukenhof, Kew also have the video based virtual tours. You can visits their official virtual tours page to start the tour.
How we make honey at Kew Gardens
Delicious, sweet, runny honey is georgeous to eat and fascinating to produce. Kew gardens handful of hives. Looked after by a volunteer beekepers. The beekeepers use special suite. They use smoke to keep the bees calm during their inspection. Then they check each frame looking for diseases. Making sure the queen and her eggs are healthy. They scrape the honey from the combs and get it ready for eating.