The Temperate House Project

The Temperate House Project

Kew Gardens Temperate House

Heritage Grants

Richmond upon Thames
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Temperate House project focused on the restoration of an iconic heritage building and a historic architectural gem.

Taking over 40 years to build, the Temperate House was completed in 1988 under Kew’s three directors, William Hooker, his son Sir Joseph Hooker, and Professor Thistleton-Dyer. The Temperate House is now the world’s largest surviving glass structure.

Key Gardens is the world’s leading scientific and educational organisation which is devoted to increasing our knowledge and understanding on plant diversity. Where did it come from, how can it be conserved and sustained for future generations.

As part of this five-year project, the entire framework of the building has been repaired and the thousands of panes of glass have been replaced. Once the building work was completed close to 10,000 plants were placed back inside the Temperate House.

Inside the glittering glass house, you can find 1,500 species of plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.