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Palace of Palms Tropical Dreams and the Making of Kew

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By: Kate Teltscher(Author)
398 pages, 16 plates with 30 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations; 48 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Publisher: Picador
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The extraordinary history of the magnificent Victorian Palace of Palms in the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. Read our Q&A with Kate Teltscher
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Daringly innovative when it opened in 1848, the Palm House in Kew Gardens remains one of the most beautiful glass buildings in the world today.

Seemingly weightless, vast and yet light, the Palm House floats free from architectural convention, at once monumental and ethereal. From a distance, the crowns of the palms within are silhouetted in the central dome; close to, banana leaves thrust themselves against the glass. To enter it is to enter a tropical fantasy. The body is assaulted by heat, light, and the smell of damp vegetation.

In Palace of Palms, Kate Teltscher tells the extraordinary story of its creation and of the Victorians' obsession with the palms that filled it. It is a story of breathtaking ambition, of scientific discovery and, crucially, of the remarkable men whose vision it was. The Palm House was commissioned by the charismatic first Director of Kew, Sir William Hooker, designed by the audacious Irish engineer, Richard Turner, and managed by Kew's forthright curator, John Smith, who battled with boilers and floods to ensure the survival of the rare and wondrous plants it housed.

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New SPECIAL OFFER
By: Kate Teltscher(Author)
398 pages, 16 plates with 30 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations; 48 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Publisher: Picador
NHBS
The extraordinary history of the magnificent Victorian Palace of Palms in the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. Read our Q&A with Kate Teltscher
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"Put simply, Kew's Palm House is the most important and exquisite glass building in the World. In this finely crafted tale, Kate Teltscher reveals the extraordinary characters, both human and botanical, who brought about this most improbable of architectural miracles. Through the lenses of history, society and politics, we see the Palm House as an ark for the tropical rainforests, an enduring and poignant symbol in today's unprecedented environmental crisis."
– Dr William J. Baker

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