Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

The greenhouse effect

Plants like the lonely Encephalartos have stories that are as marvellous as the organisms themselves

The glasshouses at Kew Gardens are so popular that they can be quite unbearably busy at weekends. And why shouldn’t they be? They’re beautiful structures and the plants they shelter are so marvellous that they deserve the attention they get, whether from botany nerds, schoolchildren, or millennials dressed for Instagram and posing for selfies in the steamy leafy heat.

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