Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew

Cacti in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew

The Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew has rarely looked as good as it does now. It has been one of my favourite places in the world since I was a child. Visiting every year of my life.

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew

All of the plants I loved as a boy (and now…) are here under one roof, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of plants.

The arid cacti and succulent room in the conservatory looks markedly improved compared to recent years. The plants all look wonderful and healthy. There is a bigger selection with lots more stuffed in.

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew

You can’t beat the odd shapes, colours and lines of cacti – living abstract sculptures.

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew

Most people think cacti and succulents are ugly but if you forget what you’ve been taught about what makes a garden beautiful, you start to see the world in a different way.

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew

Only thinking on it now, I’ve always grown cacti throughout my life. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have one. In fact, I know I’ve always had one.

This past year I’ve been seeing them in a refreshed light. It’s probably quite appropriate that I realised this in the soft Autumn sun at Kew where I first saw them on mass.

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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Cacti in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew”

  1. Such a lovely area of the conservatory. I was there today and despite what had been an overcast sky the sun suddenly popped out and cast metallic rays over that entire view – magnificent.

    P.S. I came to your blog via your post on the ZZ plant, and seeing this post too has got be subscribed 🙂

    1. I’m glad you found it! Thanks for subscribing. I think the Barbican conservatory and the Barbican itself is such a unique and special place. We revisited the outside gardens a week ago ourselves.

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