Secrets of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Everyone knows that in the Royal Gardens you can find literally any plant. And, of course, instagramers. They are a dime a dozen here. The whole sea of them. And here there are objects, which are known only to the chosen ones.

Parts of the old London Bridge.

In the 19th century, when the London Bridge was transferred to Arizona, part of it remained here (about 200 granite blocks), and the company that dismantled the bridge offered these blocks to Kew Gardens. Granite slabs were placed on the shores of a large lake, where the Sackler Bridge is located now. Now on these plates benches are installed, and many vacationers do not even suspect that the real layer of the history of London lies under them.

James Bond.

The accidental meeting of Jan Fleming and Victor Summerhayes, who was in charge of the herbarium of the orchids in Kew, led to the fact that the gardens were mentioned in famous novels several times. Summerhouse itself was featured in the novel " On Her Majesty's Secret Service". And these gardens became the prototype for " You Only Live Twice": the negative character Ernst Stavro Blofeld has a garden with poisonous plants in which suicides are committed. In Kew such a garden has not been found yet, but there are very fetid plants.

Accidental scientific discovery.

Part of Kew, which is often overlooked - this is a world-class research laboratory. One of the greatest scientific achievements of scientists was made due to the 1987 storm. Turner's oak, planted in 1798, was torn out by a strong wind. And something amazing happened ... The storm gave the roots of trees more space and access to water, stimulating their growth. This discovery led to the development of garden surgery techniques, adding of nitrogen into the soil and the use of Airspade.

50 pence for £ 50.

In 2009, Kew Garden turned 250 years old, and the Royal Mint issued commemorative coins with a face value of 50 pence. However, the number of coins was very small - only 210 thousand. This led to the increasing in price more than 100 times compared with the actual value.

Unstable forecast.

In the greenhouse of the Princess of Wales conservatory there are 10 climatic zones, all under one roof. Two main climates - wet tropical and dry. So you need to take a suitcase with clothing with you if you are going to take a look there.

The doors of Marianne North.

In addition to plants, there are amazing works of art in Kew, for example in the Gallery of Marianne North. Here are the works of the famous artist. The gallery was opened in 1882. North wanted that in this gallery they served tea or coffee with biscuits at a reasonable price. The leadership of Kew rejected this proposal, and the artist painted the doors of the gallery in protest, depicting coffee on one door, and tea on another.

Own police.

They are called Kew Constabulary, and it is not a joke. The local police were created in the 1840s, and initially it consisted of war veterans and part-time gardeners. Its employees have almost all the powers of ordinary policemen, but only on the park territory. However, they cannot bring a case regarding the fact of the crime committed. Currently, their main duty is to patrol the Kew gardens.

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