The Palm House at Kew Gardens is a special place. Construction commenced in 1844, the design and engineering owing much to the ship building industry. It was constructed from rolled wrought iron I-beams, originally designed for ship building. Decimus Burton was the commissioning architect and Richard Burton the engineer. Our visit is way back in August 2003 with our daughter and son-in-law.
|The sheer bulk of the palm house is impressive, its ship-building heritage evident as some vast upturned hull of a ship.|
|Traditional park landscaping seen here in high summer.|
|Coconuts to you.|
|We took lots of photographs, straining our necks top get that elusive shot.|
|The white ironwork is something to behold, especially the spiral staircase.|
|Nymphaea 'Leopardess' with floating leaves as attractive as the flowers.|
|The still water and the vast, saucer-like leaves made this a screen saver for my computer at the time I seem to remember.|