The gardens at Kew can trace their way back to the 17th century when Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell of Tewkesbury, formed a space for exotic plants. This was in turn enlarged by the widow of Frederick, Prince of Wales – Augusta. Their son, George III (the one who dealt with the American Revolution), further enriched the gardens.
The 18th century also saw Sir William Chambers (1723-1796) – a Swedish-Scottish architect – add to the gardens with the Chinese pagoda, which remains as one of Kew Gardens most impressive sights.
In 1840 the gardens were named a national botanical garden, opening to the public, with ownership passing from the Crown to the government.
So, the legacy of one of London’s most luscious locations is long, but these things take time to grow – and your Kew Gardens ticket helps build it!