THE TEMPERATE HOUSE RESTORATION PROJECT: PROPAGATING IMPORTANT PLANT COLLECTIONS FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST VICTORIAN GLASSHOUSE

Rebecca Hilgenhof, Scott Taylor, Andrew Luke

Abstract


There is a long tradition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG, Kew) of cultivating
and displaying exotic plants from all over the globe, and the largest Victorian glasshouse, the
Temperate House, traditionally showcases plants from temperate regions. The Temperate House
Restoration Project was undertaken at RBG, Kew from 2012 to 2018. Over 1,000 species of plants
were removed, propagated and replanted for this project, and this article describes the propagation
of some of the most difficult to reproduce plant material. Four plant groups or species are
presented: Erica verticillata P.J.Bergius, Quercus insignis M.Martens Galeotti, Pinus roxburghii
Sargent and Banksia L. spp. This is in order to illustrate the variety of options available for propagating
challenging species with attention to their ecology, biology and growing requirements.
Also provided are background information, reasons why these plants are considered difficult to
multiply in cultivation, how plant material was sourced and the methods employed which led to
successful propagation of the material at RBG, Kew. Propagation of the plants was heavily reliant
on the horticultural expertise of those involved, and this expertise ensured that most of the original
plant material was rejuvenated and new collections with scientific significance were added to the
restored Temperate House.

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