It may come as a surprise, but the gardens of Europe are rather luscious. For that they have imperialism to thank, as many of these collections consist of the specimens brought home from colonies far and wide. For many, the chance to see these plants only comes around once or twice in a lifetime.
Ever since the first truly modern botanic garden, the Royal Botanic Gardens of London – more commonly known these days as Kew Gardens – opened in 1759, botanical gardens have sprung up across the world to showcase the planet’s finest plants. We take a look at some of the most fascinating plants in botanical gardens.