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Chapter 37: ”Kew Gardens” in England


Hey everyone, it’s me, MaguMagu-chan!

ハロー! まぐまぐちゃんです。

I made it to the Royal Botanic Gardens, otherwise known as ”Kew Gardens,” southwest of London, England’s capital.

イギリスの首都ロンドン南西部にある、王立植物園「キューガーデン(Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)」にきたよ! 

Within its 120 hectares are 6 big greenhouses where over 40,000 species of plants are raised and over 7 million types of specimens are preserved.



At the time of the British Empire, Kew Gardens was a hub for ”plant hunters” who would sail around the world and bring back plants for research and selective breeding.


Useful plants were transplanted to plantations that met their growth conditions for mass production. For example, Chinese-made tea was transplanted to Sri Lanka and the Darjeeling area of India, and natural rubber from the Amazon Basin was transplanted to the Malaysian peninsula.


Now that vegetation on Earth is declining so rapidly, Kew Gardens has also assumed the role of species preservation. Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2009, it is currently the world’s most famous botanical garden with over a million people visiting per year. In 2003 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Anyway, Kew Gardens is HUGE! I’m tired of walking around so much so I’ll stop for tea at the self-service Orangery Restaurant that’s also on the premises.
とにかくキューガーデンはひろーーい!! 歩きまわって疲れたので、敷地の中にあるセルフサービスのレストラン「オランジェリー・レストラン(Orangery Restaurant)」でお茶するまぐ~。

The Orangery is just like its name, a place for storing up oranges for the winter. It was built by court architect William Chambers (1723-96) after being designed in the London Summerset House.

オランジェリーとは、その名の通りオレンジを冬越しさせるための施設。ロンドン市内のサマセット・ハウスを設計した、宮廷建築家ウィリアム・チェンバーズ(William Chambers, 1723-96)の作品だよ。

During the Age of Discovery, it was impossible to bring oranges from their country of origin (e.g., India) to Europe and cultivate them because they couldn’t be grown in the climate of the Northern Alps. Therefore, at that time oranges were a luxury item exclusively for the lords and nobles, and the Orangery was one of the kinds of buildings that would be part of a palace or mansion.





Kew Gardens
Address: Brentford Gate, London TW9 3AB England
Adults £15.00, Children aged 16 years and under visit free
Kew Gardens station – connected to the London Underground District Line and London Overground between Richmond and Stratford
Kew Bridge station – connected to South West Trains from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction
URL: http://www.kew.org


made it/make it – たどりつく、来る
otherwise known as – 別名~として知られている
preserve – 温存する
hub – 拠点
selective breeding – 品種改良
assume the role of ~ – ~の役割をする
walk around – あるきまわる
premises – 敷地
Age of Discovery – 大航海時代
break – 休憩

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