Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


The world’s most famous botanic garden, boasting landscapes, glasshouses, historic buildings and a vast range of rare and beautiful plants.

The Plants+People exhibition and gardens feature many medicinal plants. The Queen’s Garden contains medicinal plants native to Britain or introduced before 1700; the great greenhouses protect tropical plants from around the world. The Economic Botany Collection (ECB) holds a further 15,000 historic materia medica in a reserve store, accessible by appointment. These date from 1850 to the current day. The ECB database can now be searched online, including images of around 2000 specimens.