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The Kew Gardens Question Featured Kew at Work Image

The Kew Gardens Question

The Kew Gardens Question. This political cartoon was published in 1878 as part of the ongoing debate as to whether the public should be allowed into the gardens in the mornings, before 1pm. Officially, only botanist and botanical artists were allowed morning access, with the Director's permission. The Kew Gardens Public Rights Defence Association was set up and successfully campaigned against this. The author of the article accompanying this cartoon smuggled himself into a morning session at the Gardens and claimed that those eminent botanists inside were mostly fast asleep in garden chairs and other gentlemen were "engaged in testing the effects of cigar smoke on open-air evergreens."

© RBG KEW

'A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake...' Featured Kew at Work Image

'A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake...'

Engraving on paper, 'A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake, the Green House & the Temple of Arethusa, in the Royal Gardens at Kew'. The print features the Palace, also known as 'The White House', home of King George III; also visible in the distance is the Orangery. The Swan Boat was made on the occasion of the Prince of Wales's 17th birthday in 1755. Designed by John Rich, the manager of Covent Garden, its neck and head reached 18 feet, and the boat could hold 10 people

© RBG KEW

Lycaste aromatica, 1827 Featured Kew at Work Image

Lycaste aromatica, 1827

Illustration of Lycaste aromatica by Robert Kaye Greville and engraved by Joseph Swan. Artwork from Exotic flora: containing figures and descriptions of new, rare or otherwise interesting exotic plants...with remarks upon their generic and specific characters, natural orders, history, culture, time of flowering by William Jackson Hooker, 1827; volume 3, t. 219

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew