11 May-London Visit: Kew Gardens


Thurs 11 May (all day), £20

Georgian Group member John Moses leads us on a tour of Kew Gardens. This is a full day visit. Kew Green is known for the beautiful Georgian houses around the green, mostly built when George III used Kew as his country retreat for many years. A number of the houses were built for members of the Court. We shall do a tour of Kew Green and we hope to visit the interiors of three or four houses around Kew Green and nearby. We shall also visit the beautiful St Anne’s church, on Kew Green, which was built in 1714 as a chapel of ease. (Several artists including Gainsborough and Zoffany are buried in the churchyard.) We shall then go into the Royal Botanic Gardens and follow the walk recommended by Sir William Chambers for visitors when he planned the gardens for the Dowager Princess Augusta. These were designed between 1759 and 1762. The grounds had twenty four monuments and follies, of which six survive including the Pagoda and the Orangery. These grounds were situated on the east side of the present Royal Botanic Gardens.