Palm House in Kew Gardens, London
Indulge in a colorful midwinter escape as horticultural experts lead a series of virtual visits that highlight the beauty of notable botanical gardens in settings as far-flung as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the eastern United States, and Japan. In vibrant visuals they explore how each garden has taken a unique approach to design and interpretation as they celebrate plant collections, conservation, education, and the distinctive environments and landscapes in which they bloom.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Eden Project
The name Kew Gardens conjures up thoughts of the world’s premiere botanical garden. It’s big, it’s historic, and houses some of the most important plant collections for research and education found anywhere. Botanical expeditions from Kew have reached the far corners of the world since the age of discovery, and many collections date back hundreds of years. Just outside of London, Kew has developed some of the finest historic conservatories and visitor amenities in public horticulture and is a global leader in the systemic study of plants, biodiversity conservation, and climate change.
Nestled in the hills of Cornwall, the Eden Project is one of the newest gardens in the UK. Developed on the site of a former clay mine, Eden is devoted to a level of sustainability rarely found in any major attraction. Some of the world’s largest conservatories are housed in stunning interlinked geodesic domes built into adjacent hillsides, making Eden unique. A series of beautiful outside gardens completes the space to create one of the world’s most innovation horticultural wonders.
Presenter Keith Tomlinson, has worked as a naturalist and public garden administrator for 25 years, visiting wilderness areas and botanical gardens around the world. He is the author of numerous articles on plant conservation, botanical garden travel, and environmental education.