What's on Our Events POSTPONED! Explore: The Temperate House at Kew Gardens Please note, that because of COVID-19 and the government's latest guidance, this event has been postponed until further notice. Join Environment Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens guide, Libby Insall, on 2nd April for an exclusive tour of the Temperate House - the world's largest surviving Victorian glasshouse! First opened in 1863, the Grade I listed glasshouse was designed by Decimus Burton and took several decades to build, with the wings not completed until 1899. It contains over 1,500 species of plants from across the world's temperate regions, including a cycad from South Africa, which known as the loneliest plant at Kew because only one specimen has ever been found in the wild! In 2013 work began to restore the glasshouse, led by Donald Insall Associates, whose founder, Sir Donald Insall is a Patron of Environment Trust. The award winning restoration work involved cleaning the 15,000 panes of glass that make up the building, as well as repairing the elaborate ironwork, urns, and statues. Join us as we are taken on an exclusive tour of one of the world's most important collections of plants in the world's largest Victorian glasshouses. The tour will last an hour, starting from 11am. To allow time to get from Victoria Gate to the Temperate House please arrive at 10:45. You will need to purchase a ticket into Royal Botanic Gardens, but so we are aware of numbers, you will also need to book online here. We hope you will then join us for a cup of tea or coffee at the Food Village, where you will be able to hear more about Environment Trust's current projects (tea and coffee at own expense). This event is part of Environment Trust's project Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries commemorating the bicentenary of the famous Victorian explorer, Sir Richard Burton, whose mausoleum the Trust cares for in Mortlake. Read more about the project. Places are strictly limited, booking is essential. If you are unable to book a ticket call the office on 07860 878 462 to join the waiting list. Physical tickets are not issued, please do not purchase postage. Booking for this event has now closed.