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Conservatory Fit for a Princess

The strong lines and angles of this low-lying conservatory are just one of the architectural pieces of interest at Kew Gardens.

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It is the Princess of Wales Conservatory was commissioned in 1982 to replace a group of 26 smaller buildings that were falling into disrepair. It was named after Princess Augusta, founder of Kew, and opened in 1987 by another Princess of Wales, Diana.  It was designed by architect Gordon Wilson to be energy-efficient and easy to maintain and was built partly underground.

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It is the most complex conservatory at Kew, containing ten computer-controlled climatic zones under one roof, including dry and wet tropics.

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A great time to visit is during the annual Orchid Festival, when the different areas are put to good use to display a wide variety of stunning orchids.

Linked to Fun Foto Challenge: Lines.

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  1. Oh how fantastic is that! Seems like something from another world … and what flowers there must be there … I can just imagine the blaze of color from the orchids!

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