Buxton International Festival

Kate Teltscher

The Palace of Palms: Kews Palm House and the British ImaginationPavilion Arts Centrebutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

Daringly innovative when it opened in 1848, the Palm House in Kew Gardens remains one of the most beautiful glass buildings in the world today.

Seemingly weightless, vast and yet light, the Palm House floats free from architectural convention, at once monumental and ethereal. Kate tells the extraordinary story of its creation and of the Victorians’ obsession with the palms that filled it. It is a story of breathtaking ambition, of scientific discovery and, crucially, of the remarkable men whose vision it was - the charismatic first Director of Kew, Sir William Hooker, designer Richard Turner, an audacious Irish engineer and forthright curator, John Smith, who battled with boilers and floods to ensure the survival of the rare and wondrous plants it housed.

  • Duration: 1hr
  • Price: £12