The RBGE has been growing plants in glasshouses since 1713 when our first structure was built at the Trinity Physic Garden (now Waverley train Station).
- 27 heated glasshouses
- 7 Plant Heritage collections
- 2 acres of glass
Since over 80% of the world's flora occurs in warm temperate and tropical parts of the world, the glasshouses offer the environments for a rich, diverse collection of plants limited only by the space available.
There are 27 heated glasshouse zones at the RBGE, covering over 2 acres of glass and holding 47% of all the species in RBGE's Living Collections. While the primary function of the living collection is to support our research, it also fulfils a valuable conservation and educational role, be this formal education of our Science and Horticultural Students or the life long learning of our many visitors.
The Glasshouses are custodians of 7 Plant Heritage collections, Zingiber, Vireya Rhododendron, Kaempferia, Globba, Curcuma, Boesenbergia and Aeschynanthus. For these collections we aim to have at least one accession of each species within the genus.
Not all our glasshouses are heated though, and the gardens displays are supported by Glasshouses in our Nursery and Alpine yard. A short distance from the Palm Houses you will also find Traditional and Modern structures that protect and display some of our Alpine Collection.
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