Re: Kew Gardens

Wed, 12 Jul 1995 11:13:53 -0400 (EDT)

Having recently returned from London, I would like to add my two cents
worth regarding the condition of the carnivorous collection. The
Sarracenia appeared in excellent shape. The Nepenthes in the Princess
ofWales Conservatory also appeared in reasonable shape(although not as
nice as the exhibit in Atlanta Botanical Gardens). Very few species were
available in the public display. I recall N. alata, N.maxima and a few
hybrids. I also saw Nepenthes somewhere I did not expect to find them.
They had recently introduced a few plants to the North Wing of the
temperate greenhouses. These greenhouses were much drier overall than
the tropical conservatory. needless to say, the plants had no remaining
pitchers but perhaps when they are better acclimated, they will have
better pitchering. The rest of the gardens were fantastic! For those
whose interests go beyond CP, the Chelsea Physic Garden was also quite
interesting. It was one of the oldest botanical gardens and was set up
by the English apothecaries to train their young apprentices on the use
of plants in medicine. It is only open on certain days of the week, so
it is best to check ahead of time. -alex