Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, UK)
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N 51° 28.688 W 000° 17.471
30U E 688100 N 5706477
Quick Description: The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in West London is one of the world's most important botanical gardens.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 11:55:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMM70N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in West London is one of the world's most important botanical gardens.

Kew Gardens (formal title Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, brand name Kew) is the world's largest collection of living plants. Founded in 1840 from the exotic garden at Kew Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. It is one of London's top tourist attractions. In 2003, the gardens were put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

An internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 750 staff, and is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its chief executive is the current Director, Richard Deverell. The organisation manages botanic gardens at Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, and at Wakehurst Place, a National Trust property in Sussex which is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.

The Kew site, which dates from 1759, comprises 121 hectares (300 acres) of gardens and botanical glasshouses, four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures, all set in an internationally significant landscape. [wiki]

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