THE PALM HOUSE AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW BY DR KATE TELTSCHER

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Find out more about the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a stunning surviving Victorian glass and iron building.

The Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is perhaps the finest surviving Victorian glass and iron building in the world. One of the earliest prefabricated buildings, the Palm House was the first structure to be commissioned when Kew transferred from royal to public ownership. Situated at the heart of the gardens, it early became the emblem of Kew: at once technological triumph, botanical spectacle and space for the imagination.

Kate Teltscher will tell the story of the creation of the Palm House and its function in the establishment of Kew as a national – and imperial – botanic garden. Through the history of the Palm House, Kate will address the links between Kew and other botanic gardens located in the Commonwealth, in particular the botanic gardens in Kolkata and Adelaide.

Dr Kate Teltscher is a cultural historian and writer. Her most recent book is Palace of Palms: Tropical Dreams and the Making of Kew (Picador, 2020). She is an Emeritus Fellow of the School of Humanities at the University of Roehampton, Honorary Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

For further information, please visit www.kateteltscher.com

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