Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

(kyo͞o), Kew, Surrey, S England, on the Thames just W of London; Royal Botanic Gardens is the official name. The gardens were founded by the dowager princess of Wales in 1761 and consisted of about 9 acres (3.6 hectares). In 1841 they were presented to the nation as a royal gift. They now cover 288 acres (117 hectares) and contain thousands of species of plants, four museums, and laboratories and hothouses. The Chinese Pagoda, c.165 ft (50 m) high, was designed by William Chambers in 1761; it is still a famous landmark. Near the main entrance is Kew Palace, a red-brick mansion, once the home of George III and Queen Charlotte. In 1965 the Royal Botanic Gardens leased Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex, an estate dating to the 13th cent. that is the site of a Tudor mansion and grounds landscaped with fine collections of temperate trees and shrubs. The Millennium Seed Bank, a modern facility storing hundreds of millions of seeds from around the world, is also located at Wakehurst Place.
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And at half-past eight next morning--before the heat of the day--Raffles and I drove to Kew Gardens in a hired landau which was to call for us at mid-day and wait until we came.
And actually in half an hour he was seated once more in the hired carrying chair, while the porter and I staggered upstairs with my decrepit charge, for whose shattered strength even one hour in Kew Gardens had proved too much!
A royal princess had remarked him, and kissed him, and asked his name in Kew Gardens. What City man could show such another?
It was rather as if he were thanking a stranger in a smoking-room for some trouble in passing the matches, than as if he were (as he was) practically thanking the Curator of Kew Gardens for coming with him into a field to find a four-leaved clover.
He suggested that they should combine the London School with Kew Gardens. Eliza, to whom the procedure of the Dickensian gentleman seemed perfectly correct (as in fact it was) and not in the least funny
LAST year's St Leger hero Kew Gardens could get his season back on track in either the Qatar Goodwood Cup or Irish St Leger after poor blood results ruled him out of Royal Ascot last month.
DEFOE scythed down Kew Gardens under a superb Andrea Atzeni ride to land a first Group 1 victory in the Investec Coronation Cup.
LAST year's St Leger hero Kew Gardens is among 14 horses left in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on Friday following the confirmation stage.
AIDAN O'BRIEN hopes last year's St Leger hero Kew Gardens can improve on his previous experience of Epsom and provide him with a ninth victory in the Investec Coronation Cup.
This year the undoubted class act is KEW GARDENS for the same yard on the back of his win in the St Leger last September.
Stellar Management announced that it has completed a refinancing of Court Plaza, a recently renovated rental residential building located at 123-33 83rd Avenue in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens.